December 8, 2017
You’ve waited so long to get the smile of your dreams, and now you have your chance with Invisalign clear aligners. There’s not a day that goes by that you don’t’ think about how you’ll look after you finish wearing your last tray and reveal your beautiful smile. But you don’t want to put all this effort into straightening your teeth and later allow them to fall prey to decay. That’s why you want to make sure that you’re cleaning your clear aligners correctly. Thankfully, your dentist has some tips to help you out.
How to Clean Your Invisalign Trays
One of the great benefits of wearing Invisalign clear aligner trays is that they are removable. That means that you have greater ability to clean them. Here are some tips to help in that department:
- Rinse – When you first remove your trays, make sure to rinse them thoroughly. This is important to do before the saliva on them dries, turning your trays into petri dishes.
- Soak – The next thing to do is soak your aligners in either denture cleaner or Retainer Brite. Either solution will help break down the remaining debris and bacteria on your trays.
- Damp Cleaning with Toothbrush – After you finish soaking your aligners, brush gently with a damp toothbrush to encourage the further removal of the undesirables.
- Final Rinse – Give your trays a final rinse and then you’re ready to re-insert them back into your mouth.
Why is It Important to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners?
It’s an absolute must to clean each Invisalign clear aligner thoroughly because bacteria love warm, tight places where they can hide, eat and grow. So when your Invisalign clear aligners are pressed tightly against your teeth, inside of a warm mouth, they can become incubators for troublesome bacteria to germinate.
Failure to properly clean your aligners, then, can lead to plaque accumulation and cavities. And if allowed to fester long enough, these intruders can cause gum disease, which could lead to tooth loss.
In addition to cleaning your trays, make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to limit the debris and bacteria that attempt to grow beneath your clear aligners. And make it a priority to visit your dentist at least semi-annually for examinations and cleanings. All of these practices, together, will create a bright and brilliant future for you and your smile.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Curtis received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an author of four books, countless journal articles and an inventor of several dental products. He practices at Curtis Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.
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