Orthodontic treatment like Invisalign offers great benefits. But if you don’t take good care of your aligners, you may not get excellent results, plus your mouth might be in worse shape than if you had gone for traditional braces.
You might wonder what the aftermaths of poor Invisalign cleaning are. From discoloration of the aligners to bacteria buildup that causes an odo#
and impacts your dental health, the dangers are imminent. Should this be the case, people will get to know you are wearing braces. Wasn’t that what you wanted to avoid by choosing Invisalign?
To be on the safe side, the following do’s and don’ts will guide you when cleaning your aligners:
Remove your clear trays every morning and clean your teeth and trays properly
While you sleep at night, bacteria can build up on your trays. So, waking up to brush and floss transcends into a good practice for dental hygiene. Not only should you clean your teeth in the morning, do so every evening before you go to sleep.
Always rinse your aligners each time you take them out
In addition to your morning and evening Invisalign cleaning, do well to rinse your trays each time you take them out of your mouth. This eliminates the formation of plaque and any drying up of any dirt on your aligners. Another method is by using an antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush the trays gently. By doing so, any particles stuck on the trays will be easily removed, giving your aligners a clean and spotless look.
What if you’re not home and need to clean your trays? We usually recommend you pack a set of cleaning materials in a portable kit, or put them in your purse so that wherever you go, it would be easy to reach in and clean your aligners.
Soak your aligners once a day
Leaving your trays in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals to soak up is a very good idea. After that, use a special toothbrush, not your regular toothbrush, to remove any dried up food particle or plaque. Rinse them with lukewarm water before wearing them again.
Before wearing your trays again, brush and floss your teeth
Not only should you keep your clear aligner clean, but your teeth should also be cared for as well. Dental issues can be avoided in this way during the course of treatment. It is a rule that you brush and floss your teeth before popping in those trays for a hygienic mouth. Bear in mind that the aligners can trap food remnants in the space between them and your teeth, which could cause oral problems. For your Invisalign London, kindly contact us.
Your aligners shouldn’t be left out in the open
Exposing your trays to the atmospheric condition will increase the formation of bacteria, the risk of losing them, or getting them damaged. When not in use, it’s important you store your aligners away in their case.
Go with your aligner case everywhere you go. Should you forget and keep them in the open for a few hours, ensure you soak and rinse them before wearing them again.
Don’t fail to make adequate arrangements for long journeys
Since you will be switching to new trays every 2 weeks, you shouldn’t forget to pack some extra set of aligners for your trip. This ensures your treatment is not disrupted. Should you forget your aligners, you can have them shipped to you while you’re away. Carry both the new and current aligners you are using so you can change them when the time is right.
Avoid eating or drinking with your aligners in
You are only allowed to drink water with your trays in your mouth. All other drinks and foods should be taken without your aligners on. Why? Food particles can hang onto your aligners, and the trays can get stained and damaged. Keep in mind that clear aligners cannot withstand the pressure from eating. Be guided accordingly.
Avoid the use of toothpaste or coloured or scented soap in cleaning your aligners
From leaving residue on your trays to discolouring your aligners and leaving behind an unpleasant taste, toothpaste and any scented or coloured soap can cause more harm than good. It is not encouraged that you make use of these materials for cleaning invisible aligners.
The designation of your Invisalign provider is key
In making a choice of Invisalign provider, take care to note that the designation matters a lot. There are different levels of expertise when it comes to orthodontic work. Orthodontists who offer Invisalign treatment to patients every day are likely to have the edge over others who may specialise in traditional braces. After all, the more you practice a thing, the better you become at it.
This is the reason behind Invisalign’s decision to give special designations to its providers. Patients can easily identify and select the right orthodontist for their case.
What are the designations?
- Premier Elite
Any of these four designations are offered by Invisalign to providers based on the number of patients they’ve treated with clear aligners.
The Preferred status orthodontist guarantees a good level of experience in a particular type of treatment. Selecting them will give you confidence that your case can be treated well.
Should you need an orthodontist with high-level experience, then opt for a provider with the status of a Premier Elite or Diamond.
Invisalign provider designation is good to consider, but it’s just one aspect of what you should look into when choosing a practice to consult.
Other factors you should take into consideration include:
- The cost of their service
- The kind of treatment patients get
- Your level of comfort around them
All these things come into play if you need a provider that’s suitable for your case.
At our practice, we have promoted the use of Invisalign due to our expertise in the field. As one of the leading Invisalign providers, we are also good at providing other types of treatment for dental issues.
For professional help
Come for your free Invisalign consultation at London Braces today. Our dental practice is open to schedule flexible appointments. We have expert orthodontists that will evaluate your case and know if Invisalign is the right option for you. From providing great treatment plans, valuable advice, and tips on Invisalign, all our desire is to help you achieve the smile you have ever wanted.
See us today at our practice and let your smile begin to get transformed. Call 020 37457520 to get started.