Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Believe it or not, Invisalign has been around for over 20 years. Although this revolutionary alternative to metal braces still seems like the new kid on the block, it’s become a household name and an industry standard, as more than five million straight-toothed, happy customers can attest. 

If you’re looking into how Invisalign might help your smile, our team of expert dentists at Strauss Dental can answer all your questions and let you know whether you’re a good candidate for these amazing appliances. If you or your child are one of the millions of people currently straightening their teeth with Invisalign, we have some handy tips for keeping your Invisalign trays in top shape so that they serve you well throughout your treatment. 

Keep them clear

If you’re like most people, you likely chose Invisalign over metal braces to avoid the metal-mouth look. That’s because the Invisalign trays are barely noticeable, so you can flash a smile of pearly whites — not metal — while you straighten your teeth.

But you defeat the purpose of the clear trays if you don’t keep them clear. Keeping in mind that you should wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, that leaves two hours a day for eating and cleaning. We suggest you remove them once or twice a day for a good cleaning — perhaps when you brush your teeth in the morning and then again in the evening.

To make it convenient, Invisalign has a special cleaning system that keeps your aligners crystal clear. Using it regularly keeps plaque buildup at bay.

It’s also important to use a gentle brush that doesn’t scratch the surface of your aligners. Just use a light hand to clean your aligners inside and out and then give them a good rinse.

If your cleaning solution and toothbrush aren’t nearby, just run your trays under lukewarm water a few times, especially after you eat.

A case for a case

If you think your Invisalign trays are hard to see in your mouth, wait until you try to find them in your purse or backpack. Tossing them in a drawer or in a bag not only makes them tough to find, but it can also damage the plastic. That’s why they come with a protective case, and we recommend that you use it every time you remove your trays.

It’s also a good idea to hold on to your old aligners just in case you lose a set. That way you can still keep your teeth properly positioned while you wait for replacement trays.

No eating with your trays in

If your favorite thing about Invisalign is their transparency, surely your second favorite feature is their removability. With metal braces, you have to avoid sticky, chewy foods, but with Invisalign, you just need to pop out your trays, eat what you want, rinse or brush, and then pop them back in. 

Some foods and drinks can actually stain your trays if you forget to take them out — think coffee, tea, and soda. And hard, crunchy food can scratch your aligners. Stains and scratches make your trays a lot less invisible, so take care of them if you want them to remain discreet.

Good oral hygiene

Keeping teeth clean is important for everyone, but it’s particularly critical if you wear Invisalign aligners. At the very least, give your mouth a good rinse after eating or drinking before you put your aligners back in. If you put your aligners onto unclean teeth, they can trap food and harmful bacteria inside your mouth, and this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

If you’ve chosen Invisalign to straighten your teeth (or your child’s), we hope you’ll follow these simple tips so you can take advantage of all the benefits this innovative system has to offer.

If you have more questions about Invisalign and the care of your trays, call us today or book an appointment online.

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