As you already know, Invisalign® is an incredible system that provides you with the same results you’d get from metal braces, but with a cleaner look and less hassle. Once you start on Invisalign, you’ll be on your way to a straighter, more beautiful smile. Yet while Invisalign does most of the work, you still need to take care of your trays. If this seems daunting, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
Dr. Brendan Smith and our dedicated staff at Freedom Orthodontics work hard to make sure your teeth are healthy and look great. We stress education, making sure you have the information you need. In this post, we offer a few important tips on caring for your Invisalign trays.
Use the tools available
One of the most appealing aspects of the Invisalign system is that it’s not as noticeable as traditional metal braces. However, your Invisalign trays are as susceptible to plaque buildup as your teeth, so we strongly recommend that you use the Invisalign cleaning system to keep them crystal clear.
Make it a routine
Another bonus of the Invisalign system is that you can remove the trays to brush your teeth. When you do, make sure you also clean your trays. Cleaning your trays as part of your twice-a-day dental hygiene routine will help make sure you’re cleaning them enough. Use a brush with soft bristles to clear away any debris on the trays, and give them a good rinse afterward.
Rinse with warm water
Any time you remove your trays for any reason, be sure to rinse them with lukewarm water before putting them back in. Hot water can warp the trays, so make sure the water is just warm.
Remove for eating and drinking
Being able to take out the trays while you eat is another reason to love Invisalign. But, you might be tempted to leave them in when you have a cup of coffee or enjoy a cold soda. Be sure to take them out, and to rinse them before putting them back in.
Also, if you’re ever tempted to eat with the trays in place, remember that you could scratch them and ruin the “invisible” look.
Use your case
Thanks to the clear material your Invisalign trays are made of, they can be easy to lose. Keep your case with you, and use it any time you take the trays out to eat or drink, or while you brush your teeth. This will help you avoid accidentally throwing them away or losing them in your bathroom.
Keep the old set
When you get a new set of trays, keep your old set so that it can serve as a spare in case you do accidentally lose the new ones. This way, you’ll still have something to hold your teeth in position. This is especially important for forgetful teenagers, or if you’re wearing them yourself while traveling.
With a little care, your Invisalign trays will help straighten your teeth quickly. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the advantages of the Invisalign system, schedule an appointment or give us a call at 512-200-7032.