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How to Clean Invisalign Clear Aligners

January 15, 2022
Posted By: Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands

If you want straighter teeth for a more uniform-looking smile but also want a solution that doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle, you can’t beat Invisalign clear braces. They’re convenient to wear crystal-clear aligners blend in with your smile, making them virtually invisible. 

If you want your aligners to retain their “invisible” appearance, you must take specific steps to keep them and your teeth as clean as possible. Since you want to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, here are some cleaning tips that you should incorporate into your daily routine. 

Clean Your Aligners in the Morning and at Night

You need to wear your clear aligners while you sleep so they can continue to do their job. The downside is while you’re drifting through dreamland, bacteria are collecting on your aligners all through the night. 

As part of your morning hygiene routine, be sure to take your aligners out and brush them to eliminate harmful bacteria and keep them fresh and clean. Also, remember to repeat these steps at night before your head hits the pillow. 

Don’t Eat or Drink with Your Aligners 

One advantage of Invisalign treatment compared to metal braces is that there are no food restrictions. You can eat whatever you like, but not with your aligners in your mouth! There are two reasons for this: dark-colored foods and drinks can stain them, and your aligners are not designed for chewing. 

Rinse Your Aligners Before Wearing Them 

Plaque and bacteria can build up on your aligners just as they do on your teeth. When you take a break for meals, be sure to rinse your mouth and your aligners to prevent the buildup of cavity-causing plaque. 

Soak Your Aligners at Least Once a Day 

Rinsing and brushing your aligners is a must if you want to keep them clean and fresh. However, these steps can’t remove all the food particles that collect on your aligners. To be sure that your aligners are as fresh and clean as they can be, soak them at least once a day. 

You can use Invisalign crystals to soak your aligners, but there are other options to consider. See which one works best for you—just be sure to stick to your routine!

Store Your Aligners When Not in Use

When you’re not wearing or soaking your aligners, be sure to store them in their protective case. They are easier to lose when they’re not stored properly, and leaving them exposed to open air attracts bacteria. If you do happen to forget and leave your aligners out, be sure to rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.

Call Our Aurora Dental Office to Learn More about Invisalign

At Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands, we offer Invisalign and traditional orthodontics. If you are interested in either, Dr. Holly Baller would love to talk to you about your options.

Please call our Aurora, CO dental office, and a helpful team member will be happy to help you arrange a convenient appointment.

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