Invisalign is a wonderful method for improving the placement of your teeth without having to wear conspicuous or uncomfortable fixed orthodontic appliances. Since any type of orthodontic treatment is an investment in your oral health, it is important to care for your teeth straightening appliances and your teeth properly. Invisalign aligners, like any other oral appliance can accumulate debris and harbor bacteria. Cleaning your aligners can be done right after you brush your teeth. Simply rinse your aligners and brush them with your toothbrush in lukewarm water. Gently brushing and rinsing your aligners will help keep them free of debris from food and cut down on the possibility of plaque accumulating within them. Following are more cleaning tips for Invisalign wearers.
Should I soak my aligners?
If you choose the right solutions, you can safely soak your aligners. Invisalign makes a cleansing crystal formula that can be used for soaking your aligners. If you don’t have the official cleansing solution from Invisalign, you can use cleansing solutions formulated specifically for retainers and dentures. Soaking your aligners can help keep the trays sanitary.
Do I have to brush and floss before reinserting aligners?
It is best to brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in your mouth. The reason you should do your oral hygiene routine before wearing your aligners is because leftover food particles can become trapped inside them. When mixed with oral bacteria and saliva, debris from eating can make your aligners very unsanitary.
Can I clean Invisalign with toothpaste?
While a toothbrush can help you keep your aligners clean, you should not brush your aligners with toothpaste. Invisalign is made from soft plastic. The abrasives in toothpaste can scratch and damage your aligners. Moreover, vigorous brushing should be avoided for the same reason. Simply brush your aligners with clear, lukewarm water and a rinsed toothbrush.
If you have questions about your treatment, call our practice at Bunn Orthodontic Group to reserve an appointment with our orthodontist.