October 4, 2016
Invisalign has quickly become the preferred orthodontic treatment because it offers a convenient and nearly invisible treatment. When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign provides enhanced comfort and a less restrictive treatment. Typically, with traditional braces, oral hygiene is a bit of a challenge because of the wires and brackets. However, with Invisalign, oral hygiene is much easier. Although oral hygiene is easier, there are still certain things you must do to care for your aligners and your teeth during treatment. As a dentist for Invisalign in Plano, TX, we have the information you need to care for your aligners.
Caring for Your Aligners
Your aligners are made from durable, clear plastic aligners. However, the aligners are not indestructible. You should not eat or drink anything but water while wearing the aligners. Eating and drinking with your aligners in your mouth can cause them to become stained and damaged. In addition, you will need to clean your aligners daily.
You need to continue to brush and floss your teeth each day. Any time you have removed your aligners, you need to brush your teeth prior to reinserting the aligners. If you don’t, harmful food particles and plaque will become trapped between the aligners and your teeth. Once combined with saliva, your tooth enamel can slowly begin to deteriorate. Not to mention, accumulations of plaque and bacteria can make your aligners begin to stink.
After you have brushed and flossed, you need to clean your aligners. Use a clear anti-bacterial soap to clean the aligners. Do not use colored soaps because they can cause staining of the aligners. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush the aligners. Do not brush too hard or you will cause scratches in the plastic. If scratches develop, it can cause the aligners to lose their translucent appearance. Do not use toothpaste to clean your aligners or they will become scratched.
When your aligners are not in your mouth, you need to protect them from damage. Soak your aligners in a denture cleanser or a product specifically for Invisalign to keep them sanitized. When traveling, be sure to bring the necessary accommodations to protect your aligners from germs and damage.
Caring for Your New Smile
Invisalign is a great option for busy adults on the go. During treatment, you will not have to visit your cosmetic dentist in Plano, TX for adjustments because there are no wires and brackets. However, you will still need to come into our office every few weeks. We will monitor your treatment while also examining your oral health to ensure no problems have developed.
With Invisalign, you will get the amazing, straight smile you have been wanting in as little as a year. To ensure your new smile is flawless, you need to properly care for your teeth and the aligners during the course of treatment.
At Dental Renaissance, we are committed to dental excellence to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. If you are ready to benefit from the clear choice in orthodontic care, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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