Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth-straightening treatment ideal for adults and teenagers. They use virtually invisible aligners straightening patients’ teeth discreetly. The aligners are removable allowing patients to eat without any restrictions. Cleaning one’s mouth and maintaining the trays are also made easy because of this feature.
Here we give a guide on how to care for your trays and your oral health straight from Invisalign. We took the liberty to add additional tips as well to so that you can have a clean and comfortable journey towards straighter teeth.
Daily Oral Hygiene
Daily oral hygiene when undergoing the Invisalign treatment is no different from your normal routine. Take time to floss your teeth daily and spend at least two minutes in brushing your teeth. Make sure that your toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and that you stimulate your gums with each stroke. Brush your tongue as well, especially the back.
Cleaning Your Aligners
Like handling contact lenses, remember to properly wash your hands with soap and running water every time you have to touch your aligners.
Clean the aligners one at a time. Use a soft toothbrush with mild toothpaste to clean the inside and outside of the aligners. Make sure to rinse the trays properly. You can rinse out toothpaste faster if you use lukewarm water. Do not use hot water though because it can warp your aligner. Do not use denture cleaners our mouthwash since they can alter the colour of your trays.
Clean your trays at least twice a day, especially before going to bed, to remove dirt and bacteria.
Removing and Wearing Your Invisalign Trays
To remove your aligners, use your finger to pull the tray from the inner side of the back molar. Do this for both sides and take out the aligner. Make sure to use only your fingers as using objects might damage your aligners or wound your gums.
Remove your trays every time you eat or drink something that is not water. As much as possible, try to brush and floss every time you eat before putting back on your aligners. If this is not possible, simply rinse your mouth with water and run your aligners under lukewarm water.
When removing your aligners, make sure you put them in their proper container to avoid losing them.
To wear your aligners look at the markings inside the tray. The letter ‘U’ indicates that it is the tray for your upper teeth while the letter ‘L’ indicates that it is for your lower teeth. Take one tray and put it over your front teeth with a gentle push. Press the back of the tray onto your molars with your fingers. Do not try to bite your trays into place as this could damage them.
You can easily and successfully have straighter teeth, but it’s important to clean and maintain your aligners properly. Proper care of your teeth ensures that you have a clean smile that goes with your newly straightened teeth.
You can contact us for more questions about Invisalign. You can schedule an appointment so that we can assess if Invisalign is the best option for you. Here at the Priory Dental Practice, we offer Invisalign in Walsall at competitive prices and with flexible payment options.