Orthodontic patients today have access to a wider variety of treatment options than ever, including the Invisalign Clear Aligner System. Invisalign is removable and virtually invisible, making treatment much more convenient. However, in order to get the best results and avoid tooth decay, you’ll want to know the best ways to keep Invisalign clean.
Keep Invisalign Clean with Soaking
One of the most effective methods for keeping your aligners clean is to periodically soak them. When you do this, make sure not to just use any solution. Avoid using mouthwash or denture solutions since these can harm your aligners.
Invisalign offers its own cleaning crystals that you can dissolve in warm water. By soaking your aligners for about 20 minutes, you can effectively get rid of stains or prevent existing stains from getting worse. Just be sure to use warm water, not hot water, since heat can warp your aligners.
Another great option is using hydrogen peroxide with baking soda. Not only will this mixture get rid of stains, it will also get rid of plaque or calcium buildup. Vinegar is another great fluid to use for soaking — just remember to brush them off afterward to avoid the residual taste!
Cleaning Your Aligners
Soaking your aligners isn’t the only way you need to be cleaning them. You should also remember to brush them with liquid soap and lukewarm water when you brush your teeth. Use gentle motions with a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging the trays while you clean them.
Be sure to cover the whole surface and to brush the inside of the aligners as well to avoid plaque buildup. You’ll also avoid stains on your aligners by brushing them regularly, and you will keep your breath fresher, which is always a plus.
Keep Your Aligners Out During Meals
It may take some getting used to, but it’s important that the only thing you consume while your aligners are on your teeth is cool water. Drinks like hot coffee will result in stains and can potentially warp your aligners, and anything other than water can result in staining or yellowing as well.
And of course, eating with your aligners can create visible stains and allow food to get trapped in them, not to mention the damage food might cause to the aligners. It can also cause stains on your teeth. Every time you eat or drink something other than cold water, you will need to remove your aligners and store them in a secure spot.
This is a good opportunity to soak them if you are eating at home. If you are eating out, remember not to place them on a napkin so they don’t end up in the trash by mistake. Instead, place them in your case, then put them back in after you’ve rinsed or brushed your teeth.
We’ll be sure to fill you in on all of the best practices for making it through treatment with Invisalign here at Milnor Orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!