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6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Aligners

September 29, 2020

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 1:00 am
Woman with clear aligners in Scripps Ranch

Invisalign clear aligners in Scripps Ranch have many benefits over traditional braces. Besides them being more comfortable and having no food restrictions, they are practically invisible! It’s unlikely that anyone will even be able to tell that you’re wearing them. However, they won’t stay so clear if you don’t take good care of them. Continue reading to learn some tips to keep your clear aligners from becoming discolored.

Clean Your Aligners Every Morning

While you’re sleeping at night, bacteria can build up on your trays. Whenever you wake up, you should thoroughly brush both your teeth and the aligners. You should also do this at night before you go to bed. Not only does this freshen up your trays, it is also necessary for optimal oral hygiene.

Rinse Your Aligners When You Remove Them

Every time you remove your aligners, you should at least give them a quick rinse to keep away plaque and bacteria. Using anti-bacterial soap and a soft bristled toothbrush to clean them is an even better idea. This will remove particles that are stuck on the tray.

Soak Your Aligners Daily

Using Invisalign cleaning crystals, soak your aligners at least once a day. This will make it easier to brush away food or plaque that is stuck on it. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your trays before placing them back into your mouth.

Clean Your Teeth Before Putting Your Trays In

Always brush and floss before you put your trays back into your mouth. If you don’t, food particles can become trapped against your teeth inside of the aligners. Not only will this dirty up your trays but it can also cause dental issues in the future.

Don’t Eat or Drink While Wearing Your Aligners

The only thing you should be consuming while you’re wearing your trays is water. If you want anything else, you need to take out the aligners first. If you don’t, food particles can get stuck and the trays can become either stained or damaged. The aligners are not made to be able to withstand the pressure of chewing.

Don’t Use Colored or Scented Soaps or Toothpastes

Both colored and scented toothpastes and soaps can leave residue on your Invisalign trays and cause discoloration. Also, they could give your trays an unpleasant taste. Be sure to choose soap and toothpaste wisely when you are cleaning your aligners.

By taking these steps, you can keep your Invisalign in Scripps Ranch in the best possible shape for optimal results and the most pleasant treatment.

About the Author

Dr. Greg Friedman is a well experienced dentist who has been in private practice for three decades. He earned his dental degree from Washington University’s School of Dental Medicine and is currently involved in the accreditation program with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Friedman is also involved with the American Academy of Functional Orthodontists. For more information on caring for Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (858) 547-0070.

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