You’ve invested in the Invisalign® system. Congratulations! You’re on the road to rows of beautifully straight, even teeth!
Now comes the “household maintenance” part of your investment. Just like regular bathing to ensure cleanliness and good health, your Invisalign system needs cleaning regularly to ensure proper oral hygiene. You wouldn’t go to bed after a day at the beach without a good shower to wash off all the suntan lotion, salt, sand, and sweat.
The same goes for cleaning your Invisalign aligners, also referred to as trays, for proper care of your teeth.
The following are important steps to keep your teeth and aligners free of harmful bacteria.
You can use the Invisalign system to clean your trays, or you can clean them with mild soap and water.
Using the Invisalign system
First, rinse the aligners with water. Then place them in Invisalign’s cleaning container, fill it with water, and pour in Invisalign cleaning crystals. Shake the mixture gently for 20 seconds, and let it stand for 15 minutes. Then shake it again, rinse the aligners and the container, and keep the crystals in a cool, dry environment.
Using soap and water
The following are easy steps to clean your aligners if you don’t want to use Invisalign’s cleansing system.
Use a mild unscented soap to clean aligners
Use water and a mild soap without color or scent to clean your Invisalign trays. Colored soaps might stain your clear aligners and cause a taste you don’t like when you put the aligners back in. Designate a special toothbrush to clean the trays.
Don’t use toothpaste on your aligners
Toothpaste is meant for your teeth — not your aligners. Your toothpaste is too abrasive for your Invisalign trays. It can also discolor your aligners, leaving them dull. That defeats the purpose of having “clear” aligners if cleaning them makes them more visible to all who see you. Plus, who wants dull, dingy-looking teeth?
Keep good oral hygiene habits
Following is important information about keeping your aligners and teeth in good shape.
Do morning maintenance
Each morning, take your trays out and clean both your teeth and your aligners thoroughly. When you wake up, you no doubt feel a film inside your mouth. It contains bacteria that builds up in your mouth at night.
Rinse your aligners when you take them out
Every time you take your aligners out, do a quick rinse. If you’re at a restaurant, make a quick trip to the bathroom to rinse them off before putting them in the case. When you’re at home, take a soft toothbrush and clean the aligners with mild soap and warm water and rinse. Otherwise, you’re putting saliva with bacteria back into your mouth.
Soak your aligners at night
Before bed, soak your aligners in a clean container. Use a denture cleaner or Invisalign’s system with crystals. Finally, use a toothbrush you’ve designated for cleaning your aligners to brush away any last food debris or plaque, and then rinse.
Follow your normal oral hygiene routine
Brushing and flossing twice a day is paramount to keeping your teeth white, bright, and free of decay. Don’t eat or drink anything but water afterward. If you snack again before bed and then put in the aligners, you’re trapping food on and between your teeth, eventually causing decay and other oral health problems, including gum disease.
Keep your aligners in the case when not in use
Always put your aligners in the case when they’re not in your mouth. It’s easy for them to slip off a bathroom counter. Plus, that counter has plenty of bacterial microorganisms on it. Keeping your case clean also keeps your aligners clean. Not caring for your aligners on a daily basis can turn them yellowish, not to mention the increased chance of tooth decay from built-up bacteria.
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