Maintaining Your Invisalign Aligners for Optimal Results
Proper care of your Invisalign aligners is crucial for achieving the best orthodontic results and ensuring your aligners remain clear and free from odors. Follow our comprehensive care guide below to keep your aligners in top condition.
Daily Cleaning Routine
- Morning Care: Every morning, clean your aligners thoroughly. Overnight, bacteria can build up, so it’s essential to start the day fresh.
- Rinse After Removal: Whenever you remove your aligners, rinse them under lukewarm water to wash away saliva and food particles.
- Brush and Floss: Before placing your aligners back in your mouth, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly to prevent trapped food particles.
- Night Cleaning: Before bed, ensure both your teeth and aligners are clean. This will minimize the risk of bacterial buildup overnight.
- Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals: These are specifically designed to keep your aligners odor-free and clear. Soak your aligners in a solution of these crystals and warm water for the recommended time, then rinse them thoroughly.
- Alternative Solution: If you don’t have the cleaning crystals on hand, you can also soak your aligners in a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% lukewarm water for 15-30 minutes. Another option is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Always rinse thoroughly after soaking.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do store your aligners in their protective case when not in use. This will protect them from damage and prevent loss.
- Don’t use colored or scented soaps on your aligners. They may tint or flavor your aligners.
- Do remove your aligners when eating or drinking anything other than cold water. Colored beverages can stain them and hot ones may warp their shape.
- Don’t use toothpaste on your aligners. It can be abrasive and scratch the clear plastic, making them cloudy.
- Do avoid wrapping them in tissues or napkins when eating. They can easily be thrown away by mistake.
- Don’t expose your aligners to excessive heat, such as a car dashboard or washing them with hot water. They can warp and lose their shape.
Regular Orthodontic Appointments
While taking good care of your Invisalign aligners at home is vital, regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Redmond are equally crucial. These check-ins allow for any necessary adjustments and ensure that your treatment remains on track.
Enjoy Your Journey to a Perfect Smile
With diligent care and maintenance of your Invisalign aligners, you’re on your way to achieving the beautiful smile you’ve always desired. Should you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Bill Redmond Orthodontics.
Bill Redmond Orthodontics: Your Partner in Perfecting Smiles with Invisalign