Invisalign are very similar to retainers in many ways. Unlike permanent braces, they can be removed from the patient’s mouth when not in use and stored for safekeeping. This makes them extremely convenient and much more versatile than traditional metal braces.
But this versatility comes with certain expectations. Because the Invisalign are going in and out of your mouth all day every day, it’s especially important to keep them clean and take care of them. Read on for a list of tips and tricks to use when caring for your own Invisalign.
- Brush Daily. Just like you brush your teeth multiple times per day, the same is recommended when it comes to Invisalign. When you remove them from your mouth, rinse them to remove any residual saliva. Use water and a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to clear away any residue or other buildup on the aligners. Be careful not to bend or scratch them as you brush. Also avoid hot water, which can melt and deform the Invisalign trays.
- Soak in Cleaner. You may notice your Invisalign have a tendency to cloud over time. The clear plastic material can stain, making your invisible aligners more or less visible. It’s critical to soak your trays to get rid of tartar buildup and restore clarity. There are a number of mixtures, both store-bought and homemade, that can aid in the soaking process. You might try baking soda and water, hydrogen peroxide and water, or even specialized solutions that are designed specifically for Invisalign trays. Rinse after soaking and give them a light brush to remove stains and buildup.
- Store in Case. The ability to remove Invisalign whenever and wherever you want is extremely convenient, but it can be a double-edged sword. This flexibility makes it much easier to lose or misplace your aligners. To prevent this from happening, make a habit of storing them in your Invisalign case whenever they’re not in your mouth. Carrying the case with you in your pocket or your purse will ensure that you always have it with you. Then, you won’t be tempted to store them in a napkin or a tissue, making them more likely to get mistakenly thrown in the trash.
Invisalign are a long-term investment in your health and your smile. Take good care of them, and they’ll serve you well. If you’re interested in Invisalign for yourself or your child, Noble Orthodontics is now accepting new patients! We would be glad to meet with you and discuss a treatment plan. Contact us and schedule an appointment today!