If you’d like to have straighter teeth, Invisalign® is a more discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional braces. With proper care, Invisalign retainers can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Follow the tips below to keep your aligner in optimal condition.
How to Care for Your Invisalign
1. Rinse It Thoroughly
Every time you remove the aligner, rinse it under lukewarm running water to rinse away food particles, bacteria, and saliva. Be aware that your Invisalign is made of resin, and its shape can become warped if you rinse it in water that is too hot.
2. Clean It Gently
Toothpaste may be effective for cleaning teeth, but its texture can scratch your Invisalign. Instead, use a clear, antibacterial liquid soap. Apply the soap to a retainer brush or soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush both the inside and the outside of the aligner with small, circular motions. Rinse in lukewarm water again after cleaning.
3. Soak Away Calcium Deposits
Calcium (tartar) can accumulate on your Invisalign aligners, causing a white, cloudy film to appear. To remove this buildup, soak your aligner in a solution specifically made for cleaning retainers or dentures. Ask your dentist for product recommendations.
4. Avoid Stains
Your Invisalign braces are transparent, but they can become discolored if exposed to colored drinks or certain food dyes. Stick to clear drinks while wearing your aligner. If you use mouthwash, remove your aligners first, as mouthwash can also tint the clear resin.
5. Keep the Case Handy
You may need to remove your aligner at various times throughout the day. Always make sure you have its case with you so you can store it properly when it’s not in your mouth. Proper storage helps keep your Invisalign clean and prevents its shape from becoming distorted.
Apex Dental Care has been serving the Issaquah, WA, area since 2002. Conveniently located just off I-5, the practice offers a full range of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, including Invisalign. Call (425) 837-0383 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more.