Invisalign are BPA-free plastic orthodontic treatments that help straighten crooked overlapped, crowded and gapped teeth. They also correct misaligned and malposition jaws. Invisalign functions similarly to traditional metal braces, with a slight difference in appearance. They are less noticeable, clear, and can be occasionally taken on and off, unlike metal braces. Both adults and teenagers can wear Invisalign. However, it is important to discuss your eligibility and expectations after treatment with an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist like Dr. Kenn Kakosian. If you are looking for a less-conspicuous way of correcting bite issues, then an Invisalign treatment can be an excellent and effective option. Below are various maintenance tips to help make your Invisalign aligners last longer.
1. Keep up Regular Oral Hygiene
Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing can prevent plaque buildup and increase the longevity of your Invisalign aligners. During your regular oral hygiene practices, you only need to remove your aligner trays and put them on once you are done. Poor oral hygiene can damage your aligners and cause other dental issues. If you are uncertain about which oral hygiene practices to avoid to prevent damaging your aligners, consult your dentist.
2. Regularly Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
It is important to note that Invisalign aligners can accumulate harmful bacteria. Therefore, including them during your daily oral care routine is essential. Cleaning them regularly and gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush can increase their longevity and improve oral health. However, it is essential to use proper cleaning techniques and solutions when caring for your Invisalign aligners to prevent further damage.
3. Use a Transparent Case to Insert Your Aligners
A transparent case is the best way to insert and remove your Invisalign aligners. It will allow you to see how the brackets fit to ensure they are in the correct position. Avoid using a case that is too small or large, as this can cause problems fitting your teeth properly.
Try to find a case with an opening at both ends so you can easily open it when in need. As a result, you may need to buy two different types of cases. If this is impossible, use one type of transparent material throughout to avoid mixing metals.
4. Avoid Eating or Drinking With Your Aligners On
Chewing gum, drinking soda, or eating bulky food while wearing aligners can damage them. Taking meals or fizzy drinks can cause stains on our Invisalign aligners that can be difficult to remove. These stains can affect their appearance and your overall smile. To avoid this, remove them when taking meals and keep them in their respective cases. When not using them, avoid leaving them out in the open to avoid harmful bacteria and moisture from damaging them.
5. Regularly Soak our Invisalign Aligners
Soaking or submerging your Invisalign aligners daily in warm water for 15 minutes can help remove odors, saliva, and bacteria. Afterward, ensure to rinse and dry them off since these steps are key to proper maintenance. However, when rinsing, avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning solutions, as this would damage or discolor the plastic material on your aligners. Use a gentle cleaning solution as recommended by your orthodontist or dentist.
The cleaning and wearing of Invisalign aligners can be a challenge. Not only do you have to remember to clean your teeth consistently, but you must also ensure your aligners are properly positioned each day. If you need help with either task, consult your dentist for additional proper maintenance tips.