How to keep your invisalign braces in tip-top condition

How to keep your invisalign braces in tip-top condition

Post On February 3, 2020 by Paula Buffham

Whether you call them Invsalign braces, aligners, retainers or simply clear plastic removable braces, Invisalign offers patients looking for straight teeth and a wonderful new smile multiple benefits when compared to more traditional fixed metal braces. Not least in allowing you to remove your clear braces whenever the situation requires it.

The most obvious benefit of being able to remove your invisalign aligners is being able to eat the food you want and as a follow up, brushing your teeth as you would always do, removing any waste food that may have stuck in your teeth. The ease and convenience of invisalign can, on occasion, lead to complacency when it comes to keeping your invisalign braces in the very best condition possible so they do the best job possible when it comes to straightening your teeth. With this in mind the team at Park Lane Orthodontics has created a list of Do’s and Don’ts for maintaining your invisalign aligners.

Keep your Invsalign Braces safe when you’re not wearing them.

Once you’ve removed your clear aligners always store them in the protective case they came in. This will help keep them clean and stop them getting lost or bent out of shape. You’d be amazed how many times we hear “the dog chewed my braces!”

Avoid drinking tea, coffee or other hot drinks when wearing your invisalign braces.

It’s best to remove your aligners whenever eating or drinking but particularly if your eating or drinking hot foods and drinks. Invisalign is made from plastic, perfect for it’s durability and flexibility but vulnerable to changing shape if heated.

Once removed clean your invisalign trays thoroughly.

Wearing your clear aligners daily often means a build up of plaque or dry saliva on the inside of your trays. This can lead to a bacteria building up and a nasty odour. To avoid this rinse your aligners thoroughly under cold water every time you remove them. For a more thorough clean you can brush them gently with a toothbrush or use a clear anti-bacterial soft soap.

Brush and floss your teeth before wearing your invisalign aligners.

The best way to avoid a build up of bacteria in your trays is to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. Follow your normal dental hygiene routine every time you take out your invisalign braces.

Soak your invisalign aligners in cleaning solution provided by your orthodontist.

It’s a good idea to soak your aligners once a day in the cleaning solution provided by Park Lane Orthodontics. Do not soak your trays in mouthwash or denture cleaning fluid as this can cause discolouration.

For more information on how to keep your invisalign braces in tip-top condition contact Park Lane Orthodontics. T. 0118 9411628 E.