Now you’ve got your Invisalign invisible braces, how do you clean them and take care of them to make sure they continue to perform perfectly? They’ve very different to braces and not so different to retainers, so what is the proper cleaning method to make sure you get the best out of your Invisalign treatment? Well, we’re going to show you how!
Clean them in the morning
You should wear your Invisalign at night, and when you wake up in the morning you should also remove them to clean both them and your teeth thoroughly. Do this before and after you have breakfast, as bacteria and saliva can build up in your aligners overnight. It’s important we don’t incubate these bacteria by not cleaning our teeth or aligners in the morning, as the hot and wet environment of your mouth is perfection for bacteria breeding, so make sure you clean them as soon as you wake up.
Rinse and clean your Invisalign regularly
Make sure you rinse your aligners with clean water whenever you take them out. If you don’t, then dry saliva and plaque can build-up inside the invisible braces and produce a foul smell! They can also form a sort of visible ‘crust’ that mars the appearance of these discreet braces and possibly lead to them cracking. Bacteria could also continue to grow in the damp parts of aligner where saliva is left to fester, threatening a foul taste and bad breath! Set aside a toothbrush with soft bristles specifically to brush your trays. Rinse them and brush them gently and regularly using an unperfumed soap to help remove this kind of build-up.
Soak them every day
Soak your Invisalign aligners daily in either a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Using your pre-selected toothbrush, you’ve set aside for your aligners, brush them after their soak to remove any residual plaque and particles. Rinse them with clean water again before wearing them. Don’t clean them with toothpaste as this can actually damage them and lead to them cracking. Use a denture cleaner or a gentle soap to maintain the plastic’s integrity.
Take care of your teeth
Invisalign are removable, which is one of their biggest benefits, so you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth properly. Remove your aligners to eat and then brush your teeth before replacing them back in your mouth. You don’t want to trap food particles and saliva against your teeth, because saliva breaks down these particles and attracts bacteria that will eat away at your enamel. If you do this, you run the risk of developing gum disease, cavities, and cracking and discolouring your aligners.
Take your aligners out when you eat and drink
Drinking water while wearing your Invisalign invisible braces is fine, but your aligners weren’t made for chewing and eating with. They can be damaged and cracked if you put them under the impact of repeated chewing and biting. Also, food and drink particles that would usually stain the teeth (such as coffee and tea) will readily stain your invisible braces and therefore make them a lot less discreet than before!
If you require any advice on your Invisalign treatment or would like to find out more about our invisible braces in Steyning, then enquire online or speak to a member of our team to book your initial consultation!