Invisalign is an orthodontic technique that corrects the alignment of your teeth using custom-made, clear aligner trays. The aligners are made to fit your teeth perfectly and put them in their proper position over time. Saratoga Invisalign treats many teeth disorders such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, crowded, and gapped teeth. The Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so people hardly notice you have them. They are also removable to eat, drink and brush your teeth comfortably. However, you need to maintain your aligners in the following ways for effective working.
Always put your aligners in their case when not in use
Always keep your aligners in their case when you are not using them. Putting aligners in their case helps to prevent their loss or accident damage. When taking meals or brushing your teeth, do not leave the trays in the open air to avoid bacteria building up, which can cause infections in your teeth and gums. If you adapt to a regular habit of keeping them in the case, they will always remain clean and protected. If you forget to put them in their case, ensure you clean them first.
Do not clean aligners with toothpaste
Despite toothpaste being best for cleaning your teeth, it can damage Invisalign trays. Toothpaste can scratch and discolor your aligners, making them noticeable. Aligners can also develop a dull sheen making them more visible when wearing. Brush them using a soft brush or dental brush with antibacterial soap for the best maintenance.
Soak the aligners every day
It would be best to soak your aligners daily in an equal ratio of water and vinegar or a unique Invisalign cleaning solution. Ensure you soak them thoroughly in the solution for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse them with lukewarm water before putting them back into your mouth. Never use hot water to rinse your aligners. Since the aligners are made of plastic, they can easily be damaged by hot water affecting their functionality.
Brush and floss your teeth whenever you remove your aligners
Make sure you remove your aligners before taking meals. Ensure you brush and floss your teeth before putting them back. If food debris remains in your teeth or gums when you put the aligners back, they can be trapped there for a long time building up to plaque. Plaque and tartar can lead to oral disorders like gingivitis and cavities. To maintain dental health, make sure you brush your teeth appropriately.
Replace your aligners if necessary
Carry your Invisalign braces every time you have an appointment with your dentist. Your doctor will check if your aligners have any damage like cracks or loosening. If you have noted any defect on your braces, report it to your dentist for an effective solution. Having a spare set is essential to replace in case of damage or loss. It would help if you replaced braces immediately to enhance your teeth’ constant and effective straightening.
For fast and better results, wear your Invisalign aligners at all times. Maintaining them in good condition will supplement excellent outcomes. Call Kiran Rapal DDS, Inc to schedule an appointment to improve your smile through Invisalign.