You’ve recently had Invisalign treatment. That’s great! Although, in order to prolong the results that you expect, it is important that you look after your aligners.
As you’re probably aware by now, Invisalign clear aligners are designed to gently push your teeth back and straighten them. Any tooth misalignment will be eliminated so that you can show off your straight smile.
The effectiveness of using Invisalign ultimately depends on how strict you are with the treatment plan the dentist provides, and how well you look after your aligners.
We’re here to help provide the tips you’re looking for to look after your aligners. Let’s take a look at what you need to enjoy maximum results for your aligners.
Rinse Your Aligners
When you take out your aligners, always ensure that you rinse them thoroughly before you put them back in the mouth. Dry saliva and dental plaque are breeding grounds for bacteria, and it is important the aligners do not accumulate it or this will build up on your teeth as well.
Brush And Floss Your Teeth
When you wake up in the morning and before going to sleep at night brush and floss your teeth before reinserting the aligners back in the mouth. You want to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean from bacteria so the aligners don’t pick up any debris or bacteria.
Avoid Brushing The Aligners Too Hard
Your aligners are susceptible to scratching. Therefore, when you brush them, doing it too hard can cause the aligners to scratch. These scratches can open and cause bacteria to dwell, meaning the bacteria can also coat around your teeth.
Avoid Eating And Drinking With The Aligners
One of the common mistakes some people have made in the past is eating and drinking with the aligners in your mouth. You must not do that because the food and drink can cause stains on the aligner tray, causing debris to become stuck in the aligners. Always take them out before eating and drinking. Although, water is an exception.
Don’t Leave Your Aligners Out
Your aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours every day. You will naturally take them out for activities such as brushing your teeth and eating food. When your aligners are out, make sure you put them away in a case to protect them at room temperature. The aligners can collect bacteria and dirt if you leave them out. If the aligners get damaged, they may not fit in your mouth properly.
To look after your aligners, it is vitally important that you take extra care with them. Failing to do so can hinder the progress of treatment and require you to visit the dentist for another pair, which may be more expensive depending on the plan provided.