Want straighter teeth? Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to wear metal brackets and dark-colored wires to address minor gaps and moderate overcrowding. Invisalign has helped more than 8 million patients over the last two decades achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of their dreams discreetly – it’s one of the reasons it continues to be one of the most popular treatments year after year! However, it’s important to note that keeping your aligners clear requires some effort on your part. To learn five tips for caring for your Invisalign trays, read on.
Tip #1. Start Your Morning Fresh
To meet the 22 hours a day minimum, you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners overnight. By morning, the harmful bacteria in your mouth will have made a home on the surfaces of your trays. The good news is that giving your teeth and aligners a good brushing will keep your breath minty fresh while simultaneously preventing unpleasant discoloration. Just make sure to use dentist-recommended cleaners to keep your aligners in tip-top shape.
Tip #2. Don’t Eat or Drink with Your Aligners
Out of sheer convenience, many patients eat and drink with their aligners in. However, this is one of the quickest ways to discolor your trays! After a few meals, you’ll quickly notice your once-clear aligners take on a yellow, dull appearance. To prevent that from happening, remove them when consuming anything other than water.
Tip #3. Rinse Your Trays Each Time You Remove Them
Each time you remove your aligners, whether it’s to eat your breakfast in the morning or complete your oral hygiene routine in the evening, you should rinse them with clean water. This will keep saliva and plaque build-up to a minimum.
Tip #4. Store Your Aligners in an Airtight Container
Under no circumstance should you place your Invisalign aligners in a napkin or paper towel when they aren’t in use. There are a few reasons for this. First, it increases your risk of accidentally misplacing them or throwing them away. Second, only an airtight container will protect them from bacteria.
Tip #5. Soak Your Trays Once a Day
Rinsing off your aligners throughout the day and brushing them both morning and night will certainly help keep them nice and clear. For a true “deep clean,” however, you should soak them at least once a day in a dentist-recommended cleaner. This will remove stubborn food particles and gunk, preventing unsightly discoloration.
When investing in clear braces, the last thing you want is for your trays to turn yellow, bringing unwanted attention to your smile. Fortunately, you can prevent that from happening by following the above best practices throughout your treatment!
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton earned her dental doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, making her childhood dream of becoming a dentist a reality. She continued to hone her craft by completing advanced training at the world-renowned KOIS Center. While her accolades are no doubt impressive, what truly makes her unique is her gentleness, compassion, and integrity. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign or any other smile-enhancing service, don’t hesitate to visit her website or give her a call at 760-434-9800.