After years of suffering from misaligned teeth and low self-esteem, you have finally decided to take a bold step to address these problems. You’ve weighed the different options and decided that Invisalign alignment trays are the best choice. But before you get fitted for them, the expert on Invisalign in Lansdale wants you to know how to keep them clean so that your mouth, teeth and gums will remain healthy. Read further to learn some of these valuable tips.
Why is it So Important to Keep Your Aligners Clean?
The main reason to keep your Invisalign aligners clean is that they are snugly fit into your mouth, thus any bacteria that grows on them can easily be transported to your teeth and gums. Every time you eat, bacteria look to cling to the leftover food particles in your mouth, using it for nourishment so they can grow. If these bacteria are not properly removed, they will begin to dig their acidic tentacles into your teeth and form cavities.
Another consequence of poor oral hygiene is that it can lead to gum disease. This is the result of plaque building up on your teeth and then beginning to irritate your gums, causing bleeding, swelling and redness.
A great advantage of Invisalign aligners is that they must be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. Although this is a requirement, it translates into a benefit, because it allows you to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, and the clear trays themselves. You should take advantage of this and be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. This will ensure that you won’t end up with bacteria in your aligners when you insert them.
Along with cleaning your teeth and gums, there are ways to clean the aligners as well.
How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
There are a few things to keep in mind in regard to keeping your aligners clean:
- Initial Removal – When you first remove your aligners, make sure to rinse them thoroughly, because your saliva will soon dry and create a mobile petri dish out of them, attracting a host of bacteria.
- Soak – While your aligners are out, you can also soak them in baking soda or Retainer Brite to remove any excess debris and bacteria.
- Brush Them – Afterwards, you can use your toothbrush to brush them gently, being careful not to scratch them.
- Final Rinse – You can then apply a final rinse before re-inserting your Invisalign aligners back into your mouth.
About the Author
Dr. William Diliberto has 44 years of experience improving smiles. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola University School of Dentistry. He practices at Brookwood Dental Associates and can be reached for more information through his website.