Are You Cleaning Your Invisalign Properly?
Posted on November 1, 2023
Invisalign services are a great way to boost your self-esteem. According to DocPlayer, about 47% of surveyed teens who use Invisalign said they had more self-confidence than 22% of teenagers beginning their orthodontic journey. However, cleaning your Invisalign properly is essential if you opt for this treatment plan.
Why Is Proper Cleaning Important?
Some people rinse off their Invisalign trays and call it a day, but proper cleaning is more important than you realize. Bacteria can build up on your aligners, causing bad breath and dental problems like tooth decay. They can become stained or start to smell if you don’t clean them. When your aligners are covered in plaque and food, they don’t sit right on your teeth. Aligners that don’t sit properly on your teeth and apply the right pressure won’t achieve the desired results.
How Do I Clean My Aligners?
Properly cleaning your aligners is an easy process. Start by rinsing them with warm water to remove food particles. Use a toothbrush with gentle bristles to clean your aligners like when you brush your teeth. Special Invisalign cleaners are better than abrasive toothpaste. Certain types of toothpaste can scratch your trays, making them less effective. Ask your orthodontist for recommendations. Soaking them in a cleaning solution is a great way to prevent bacteria buildup as well.
How Do I Store My Aligners?
Storing your aligners properly is essential when not wearing your Invisalign trays. Take a storage case with you if you take your trays out during the day when you’re not home, such as when you’re eating lunch at school or work. Don’t toss them in your backpack or purse. They can get dirty and damaged when they aren’t stored properly. You can keep them in a case at home. Avoid sitting them on a dresser or shelf where they can accumulate dust.
By following the tips above, as well as properly brushing and flossing your teeth, you can keep your aligners in great shape. Learning to care for your teeth and Invisalign trays ensures you’ll get the desired outcome for your orthodontic treatment. If you’re interested in Invisalign services or another orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Bret Johnson Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment with us. We’ll create a custom Invisalign plan for you and show you how to properly clean them to keep your aligners, and your teeth, happy and healthy.