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One of the bonuses of being an Invisalign user in the St. Peterburg area is that you can easily remove these clear aligners every time you want to sit down and enjoy a meal. However, you still need to ensure that these trays stay clean during your treatment. Proper oral hygiene is a must if you want your clean aligners to remain invisible and free from odor. Many of the issues that arise are due to not cleaning your trays after meals, which results in bacteria buildup.
Proper Way to Clean Clear Aligners
So how do you properly clean your clear aligners? We offer the “do’s” and “don’ts” to keeping your Invisalign as invisible as the day you got them.
- Saliva and plaque: They can cause some pretty nasty build up of bacteria, so it’s important to rinse your aligners whenever you take them off.
- Brushing and Flossing: We mentioned that good oral hygiene is necessary, especially when you’re wearing Invisalign. Therefore, we recommend brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back on. Since Invisalign is custom-made to fit you just right, if you do leave food particles in your teeth, they can become trapped in your Invisalign and put you at risk for dental problems.
- Soak aligners: Give your Invisalign a nice soak. You can opt for the official Invisalign cleaning crystals or you can use some good ole fashion denture cleaner to really give your retainers a deep-down sanitizing. Also, feel free to use a soft, clear antibacterial soap to help clean and remove bacteria.
- Be gentle: Make sure that when you do brush your clear aligners, that you do so gently. If you brush too hard you could visibly scratch them. No one wants that! Take your time when it comes to handling your Invisalign.
Now that you know how to properly clean and care for your clear aligners, there are some major don’ts that we would like to add. While you may already know some of these, it’s important that you follow all of these rules if you want to make your Invisalign experience easy.
- Don’t eat or drink (except water, of course) while wearing Invisalign, as many items in your diet could discolor your aligners.
- Stay away from any soaps that have color. Why? Colors can also change the shade of your aligners.
- Don’t use regular toothpaste. Most toothpaste, especially whitening ones, are too abrasive to use on aligners. Therefore, it’s best to stick with antibacterial soaps and denture cleaners.
- Don’t leave Invisalign lying around. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When eating or drinking, rinse them and soak them until you’re done. Then make sure to brush and floss, and rinse out your aligners again before putting them back on.
If you have any questions about caring for your Invisalign in St. Petersburg, FL, then pick up the phone and give us a call. We are always here to help make your orthodontic experience an easy one.