Cleaning & Maintaining Invisalign Aligners

Clear aligners, popularized by brands like Invisalign, have revolutionized orthodontic treatment. They offer a discreet, comfortable, and convenient way to achieve a perfect smile. However, like any dental appliance, they require regular maintenance to function effectively and prevent oral health issues. Dr. Perrin provides his guide on how to clean and maintain your aligners:

Daily Cleaning Routine

    • Rinse and Brush Aligners: Each time you remove your aligners, rinse them under lukewarm water to remove saliva and plaque. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush (separate from the one you use for your teeth) to gently brush the aligners. Avoid using toothpaste, as its abrasive nature can scratch the aligners, making them dull and more visible.

    • Avoid Colored or Scented Soaps: Clean your aligners with clear, unscented antibacterial soap. Colored or scented soaps can leave residue or impart unwanted colors and tastes.

    • Soak Daily: For deep cleaning, soak your aligners in a denture cleaner or aligner cleaning solution daily. This helps remove plaque and bacteria, keeping the aligners fresh and clear.

Preventing Aligner Damage

    • Avoid Heat: Never expose your aligners to high temperatures, such as hot water or a car dashboard in the sun. Heat can warp the plastic, affecting the fit.

    • Don’t Eat or Drink with Aligners In: Except for drinking water, remove your aligners while eating or drinking. Foods and beverages can stain or damage them.

    • Proper Storage: When not in your mouth, store your aligners in the case provided. This prevents loss, damage, and exposure to bacteria.

Oral Hygiene with Aligners

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is paramount while undergoing aligner treatment.

    • Brush and Floss Regularly: Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once daily. This ensures that food particles and plaque don’t get trapped between your teeth and aligners.

    • Rinse Your Mouth: Before reinserting your aligners, rinse your mouth to remove any lingering food particles or bacteria.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

    • Aligners Getting Cloudy: Cloudiness can occur due to mineral buildup. Regular soaking and brushing can prevent this. If cloudiness persists, consult your dentist for advice.

    • Bad Odor: Aligners can develop an odor if not cleaned properly. Daily brushing and soaking should eliminate most odors. Persistent bad smells might indicate the need for a professional cleaning solution.

    • Discomfort or Sharp Edges: Occasionally, aligners might cause slight discomfort or have sharp edges. Do not attempt to adjust them yourself. Contact your orthodontist for adjustments.

Remember to clean your Invisalign trays!

Cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign aligners is an integral part of your journey to a perfect smile. By following these simple yet effective practices, you ensure the success of your treatment and maintain excellent oral hygiene. If your seeking Invisalign in Irvine, Newport Beach, or beyond, call us to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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