Unsure of how best to care for your Invisalign® product during the holiday season?
If you need braces but don’t want to deal with all the wires and metal of traditional solutions, then Invisalign® is the right choice for you. Invisalign® aligners are transparent, simple to remove, easier to put back in, and far less noticeable than any other option out there. In this coming holiday season, there are a lot of activities out there that can damage or wear down your aligners if you aren’t careful. To help make sure that doesn’t happen, here are five quick and easy tips on how to make sure your Invisalign® aligners stay in pristine condition.
1. Clean Your Teeth and Invisalign® Every Morning
Right off the bat, you want to make sure you remove and clean your trays every single morning before you brush your teeth. It may be tempting to let a night or two pass without brushing, but you’re just giving bacteria an opportunity to build up and threaten your dental health and that’s not even considering the nasty smell that can assault you and everyone you talk to.
2. Rinse Your Aligners Every Time You Take Them Out
Whenever you take your aligners out, make sure you use cold water to get rid of pesky dry saliva. Whenever you’re having a meal, make sure to take them out to prevent any small food particles from getting lodged between your teeth and the tray. Not only can food get stuck in there, but it can also wear on your aligners and stain them, counteracting the most useful benefit of Invisalign®.
3. Always Clean Your Teeth Before Putting the Trays In
Make sure you always brush and floss before putting your Invisalign® in. A failure to do so can lead to significant plaque and the eventual possibility of cavities.
4. Soak Your Trays Every Day
Soaking and rinsing your aligners every day is a critical step in ensuring oral health and the continued effectiveness of your Invisalign®. Furthermore, make sure you aren’t leaving your aligners exposed to open air for prolonged periods. Keep them in their case whenever not in use, else they might become covered in bacteria and becomes serious health risks for your mouth.
Try to keep an extra set when traveling so that you don’t get caught by surprise in the event that your primary set gets lost or damaged. A failure to continue treatment can lead to a loss of progress, necessitating more treatment when you get back to your orthodontist.
5. Don’t Clean or Soak Your Aligners in Mouthwash Solution or Hot Water
Never clean your aligners with hot water or a mouthwash solution, both of which can cause extensive damage to your aligners. They can melt and deform the unique plastic used in Invisalign®, making them useless in the best case or counterproductive in the worst case. Make sure you always use cold water for all your soaking and cleaning needs. Also, avoid using toothpaste to clean your Invisalign® trays because it can discolor them and make them stand out more.
If you thought that having Invisalign® would hinder your holiday fun, you can rest easy. As long as you take the proper precautions and maintain your aligners diligently, you can have all the fun you want without anyone knowing you have a dental alignment device in place.