Invisalign is a popular type of orthodontic procedure that can give you amazing results. If you’re dealing with anything from crooked teeth to gaps between teeth and even some jaw alignment issues, these clear aligners can provide an excellent and discreet treatment path.
But if you’re interested in getting Invisalign, you may be wondering how you can keep your aligners clear. Check out this short guide to learn everything you need to know about Invisalign cleaning!
Cleaning vs. Rinsing Aligners: Best Practices
To keep your Invisalign aligners clean (and your teeth safe), you’ll need to both clean and rinse the aligners every single day as follows:
- Rinsing - You need to rinse the aligners before placing them back into your mouth after every removal, such as for eating or drinking;
- Cleaning - You need to clean your aligners every single day, preferably at night before bed
Cleaning your aligners is really simple. All you need to do is gently brush them, rinse them, and they’re good to go!
Here are some more best practices to keep in mind:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the aligners
- Don’t use the same brush you use for your teeth
- Opt for gentle liquid soap to clean your aligners
- Don’t use hot water since this can change the shape of the aligners
- Use special products like Invisalign cleaning crystals for a more thorough clean
How Often Should I Clean My Aligners?
Cleaning your aligners is a daily task because it helps you maintain good oral health. Aligners are fitted to your teeth, which means they can trap all unwanted bacteria and food particles.
Some of these elements can transfer to the aligners themselves, which means that even if you do brush your teeth, you can still have an increased risk for cavities because of unclean aligners.
Foods I Should Avoid While Wearing Invisalign
As a general rule, it’s advised not to eat while wearing your Invisalign aligners. The extra pressure as well as the heat from the food can damage your aligners, effectively changing the course of your treatment.
Some foods, in particular, are not good for Invisalign:
- Hard foods like nuts or hard candy
- “Chewy foods” like stakes
- Sticky foods like caramel
- Staining food like berries, tomato sauces, or foods with artificial colorings
- Sweets like candies or sugary sodas, etc.
Interested in Invisalign? We Can Help!
If you want a picture-perfect and healthy smile, we are at your service. Dr. Richard Donkersgoed can help you find out if Invisalign is the solution you’ve been looking for, or establish an alternative treatment plan that can give you the results you want.
Start by booking a consultation at Bee Creek Dental online, and stop by our practice to learn if Invisalign is right for you.
For more information, feel free to call us directly at (512) 266-6366 for a short chat.