If you want to straighten your teeth without the disruption to your appearance or your schedule that can occur with traditional braces, Invisalign could be the ideal teeth-straightening treatment for you. The clear-colored aligners are removable and offer a discreet orthodontic experience.
However, you will need to take care of your aligners to keep them clean while you undergo this treatment. Dr. Scott McElroy, an orthodontist in San Ramon, CA, provides tips to orthodontic patients to keep their Invisalign aligners clean.
Remove Invisalign When Eating or Drinking
Invisalign aligners should be worn for approximately 22 hours a day for effective teeth-straightening treatment. However, these fixtures can be removed if you are eating, drinking, or completing your routine oral hygiene regimen.
Removing these aligners while eating and drinking prevents food particles from becoming trapped between your teeth and your Invisalign and contributing to plaque build-up. Invisalign is also susceptible to staining and yellowing. Taking out your aligners while consuming foods and beverages with staining agents prevents discoloration.
Continue Good Oral Hygiene Practices
To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, you complete a thorough oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing daily. You should continue these practices while using Invisalign because a clean mouth means that you are less likely to transfer plaque or bacteria to your aligners throughout your day.
You should be able to practice oral hygiene as you usually would because Invisalign features aligners that are removable, giving you access to your teeth and gums as normal. Keeping your mouth clean is an essential step to keeping your Invisalign in good shape.
Brush and Rinse Aligners Too
Your Invisalign requires a cleaning regimen of its own, separate from the rest of your mouth. Each time you brush your teeth, you should also brush your Invisalign aligners to remove saliva and residue build-up from the fixtures.
Rinsing your aligners before replacing them in your mouth after eating is an easy way to keep Invisalign clean as well. You should avoid rinsing or soaking your Invisalign in hot water because the heat can warp the shape of the plastic aligners.
Invisalign and Other Orthodontics in San Ramon, CA
Dr. McElroy offers Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments to patients of all ages in San Ramon, CA. Our practice can help individuals with crooked teeth, over bites, and other malocclusions. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 925.386.2208.