How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners

How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners

Feb 01, 2021

When you have misaligned teeth and are looking to straighten them discretely, then Invisalign® aligners are the best option. This is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear braces to correct the misaligned teeth.

Invisalign aligners are effective, convenient, and they don’t change your lifestyle. However, it needs discipline and great dental hygiene to make the Invisalign treatment successful. Here are a few tips:

    1. Keep your mouth and aligners clean

As mentioned, hygiene is paramount when using these clear aligners. Make sure you brush your teeth and the aligners every day. Bacteria can buildup in the trays while you are sleeping. and cleaning your teeth and aligners in the morning is important. You should also clean the aligners before going to bed too.

Besides the morning and evening brushing, you should rinse the aligners every time you remove them. This keeps the plaque from building up in the aligners and gums too.

When rinsing the aligners, avoid using hot water because it can cause the aligners to change shape.

    1. Maintain the aligners moist

Dry aligners provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. It is important to have the aligners soaked in water or denture cleaner. This helps to keep the aligners clean and moist. A dry aligner has an increased risk of cracking or breaking. After soaking, brush the aligners to remove the plaques and food.

    1. Be careful when eating

Aligners are flexible and allow you to eat whatever you want. However, you need to remove them before you eat. The only drink you can take while wearing the aligners is water. Taking any other beverage like coffee, tea, and wine can cause the aligner to discolor.

    1. Avoid using abrasive products on the aligners

Do not use toothpaste when brushing the aligners because it can damage them and reduce their durability. Also, avoid using soaps when rinsing since they have the same effect. When cleaning, you can use a denture cleaner.

    1. Protect the aligners

Protect your braces when you are not wearing them by storing them in a case. Leaving them on surfaces can cause them to break or crack. Plus, it can lead to bacteria buildup and damage. Keep the aligners in a storage case where you are going.

It is important to have a plan when you are Travelling. Remember, you’ll need to switch the aligners every couple of weeks. Pack an extra pack of aligners so you don’t have disruptions in your treatment.

How is the Treatment Done?

Invisalign aligners are made of clear thermoplastic materials that are gentle on the teeth, and it comes in different sets. You can choose from a set of six, 12, or unlimited aligners based on the severity of your malocclusion.

The treatment is done in two stages; the planning and treatment phase. After the assessment, the dentist will use a 3D scanner to take a precise scan of your teeth. This is used to create fitting aligners.

The dentist will also show you a preview of what results you can expect after the treatment. The dental scans are sent to the lab to create the aligners. After a couple of days, you’ll receive the aligners, and the dentist will check the braces for the correct fit.

You will receive a set of aligners that are worn for 22 hours, 14 days a set. It is important to wear the aligners for the set time to increase their effectiveness. During the treatment, you will need to visit the dentist every six to eight weeks.

What Happens After the Treatment?

The Invisalign treatment can last for 18 months, but it is reported that you can get positive results in six months after the treatment begins.

After the aligners are removed, the dentist will give you a retainer. This is an orthodontic device that helps to hold the teeth in the correct position and prevent them from reverting.

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