Maintaining proper hygiene for your Invisalign aligners is crucial not only for the longevity of the aligners but also for your overall oral health. Here’s a guide to the do’s and don’ts when cleaning aligners to ensure a pristine and effective orthodontic journey.
What you should be doing:
Rinse before re-inserting them
Always rinse your Invisalign aligners with lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth. This helps remove any saliva or leftover cleaning solution.
Soak them in denture cleaner
Periodically soaking your aligners in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals helps eliminate bacteria and prevents odours, which keeps your aligners fresh.
Always brush your teeth before inserting
Maintain great oral hygiene by brushing your teeth before reinserting your Invisalign or clear aligners. This prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners.
Carry a travel toothbrush
When you’re on the go, carry a travel toothbrush to ensure you can brush your aligners after meals. Keeping a small, portable dental kit can be a game-changer.
What not to do:
Use hot water to clean your aligners
Never use hot water to clean your Invisalign or clear aligners. High temperatures can warp the plastic, which compromises the fit and effectiveness of your aligners.
Miss brushing your teeth
Neglecting to brush your teeth before reinserting your aligners allows bacteria to thrive, leading to potential oral health issues. Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine.
Use harsh cleaners
Refrain from using harsh cleaners, such as bleach or abrasive toothpaste, as they can damage the aligners’ surface and compromise their clarity.
Don’t eat or drink (except water) when wearing your aligners:
Make sure you remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Consuming anything besides water with your aligners inserted can lead to staining and damage to both the aligners and your teeth.
By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll ensure that your Invisalign and clear aligners stay clean, clear, and effective throughout your orthodontic treatment, leading to a confident smile at the end of your journey. If you’re keen to explore Invisalign and clear aligners as a braces alternative book an appointment with the team at Berwick Orthodontics today!