There are a number of benefits of using Invisalign aligners for your orthodontic treatment. However, if you’re not properly caring for your aligner trays, you’ll start to notice problems or feel embarrassed about the odor. Additionally, improperly cleaned Invisalign trays can begin to show discoloration.
7 Tips for Cleaning Invisalign Trays
Below are a few tips on how to properly clean and care for you Invisalign trays:
- Soak your aligners daily – We recommend soaking your trays every day, either in Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture cleaner. This helps them to look and smell their best and can loosen potential bacteria or plaque buildup. Simply rinse them off before placing them back in your mouth.
- Clean the trays every morning – Bacteria can build up on the aligners while you’re sleeping. This means that your morning dental hygiene routine is very important. Make sure you thoroughly clean your trays every morning and evening.
- Don’t leave trays in the open – If aligners are not in your mouth, they should be in their storage case. If you leave them in the open, you risk making them susceptible to the bacteria in the open air.
- Avoid using dyes or fragrances on your aligners – Avoid using scented or dyed toothpaste or soap on your Invisalign trays. They can cause discoloration or an unpleasant taste.
- Rinse aligners each time you remove them – Aside from your morning and evening routine, you should also be rinsing your trays every time you remove them. This prevents bacteria and plaque buildup.
- Don’t eat food or drink while wearing aligners – The only approved thing to consume when wearing Invisalign aligners is water. All other food and drinks must be consumed while the aligners were taken out.
- Brush and floss before putting the trays back in – Making sure your teeth and gums are free from plaque and bacteria is a great way to keep your Invisalign trays clean. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing twice a day.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment or to make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation in Aurora, Colorado, please contact Garlock Orthodontics today. We look forward to helping you reach your smile goals!