Invisalign are the perfect solution for people who want to correct their smile and straighten their teeth discreetly. Like braces, Invisalign apply a gentle, calculated pressure to your teeth to move them into optimal alignment. Unlike braces, however, Invisalign are designed to be nearly invisible. The aligner trays are made of a clear plastic that ensures a low-profile treatment. Patients can continue to smile with confidence, even while wearing their aligners.
That being said, Invisalign face a unique set of restrictions and requirements. The trays have to be properly cared for to maintain their transparent finish. So, how can you keep a confident smile while wearing Invisalign? Let’s go over some tips and best practices.
Brush & Floss After Every Meal
Your aligners should be in your mouth 20–22 hours per day. That means they should come out of your mouth only while eating and then go right back in. But before you put them back in after a meal, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth. Any leftover food particles could cling to your retainers.
Avoid Food & Drink That Will Stain
Some food and drink have intense colors or vivid dyes that could stain your aligners. Common culprits include coffee, tea, dark soda, and even berries. Avoid an excess of these items, and brush your teeth after eating or drinking to keep your aligners crystal clear.
Steer Clear of Extreme Heat
Exposure to heat could cause your aligners to melt and warp. The plastic is not meant to withstand extreme pressure or temperatures. A warped retainer is basically useless, and you would have to wait for a set of replacement trays.
Clean Your Aligners Daily
No matter how well you brush and floss, your aligners must still be cleaned every day. Soak the trays in Invisalign’s own Cleaning Crystals, or create a homemade solution that will dissolve any buildup on the exterior. You may also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub away the gunk.
Follow the Treatment Schedule
Your treatment has been carefully crafted for optimal results. Be sure to adhere to the 20–22 hour schedule, and take good care of your aligners when not in your mouth. Use a carrying case to keep them safe and free of bacteria.
Noble Orthodontics: Your Smile Makes Us Smile
A beautiful smile can do wonders for your confidence, and now you have a reason to keep smiling with Invisalign’s clear aligners. Get more information on treatment specifics or request an appointment with Noble Orthodontics by contacting our office today!