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Invisalign Do’s and Don’ts
Invisalign® is the gold standard when it comes to straightening teeth. These helpful devices effectively replace the need for intrusive braces, as you simply switch from one pair of aligners to the next, without having to change your diet or oral care routine. While Invasalign® offers convenience and comfort compared to metal braces, they still require a level of commitment and discipline.
Do’s and don’ts of Invisalign® use
There are a few things that patients who have Invisalign should and should not do while wearing the aligners.
Do: Clean your aligners daily
As you wear your aligners, bacteria and plaque can begin to solidify to the inside and outside areas. This buildup can cause a foul smell or even inhibit the aligners' ability to work correctly. Each and every time you remove your aligners to brush your teeth, make sure to place them in a fresh glass of water with denture cleanser. Or if you choose to, use Invisalign’s® own brand of cleaning crystals. This will keep your aligners sanitized while you brush.
After finishing your oral care routine, use a dedicated brush to remove any loose food particles and plaque from your aligners.
Don’t: Use harmful cleaning ingredients on them
Make sure to avoid using soap or toothpaste to clean your aligners. The use of scented soap can cause them to discolor, as well as potentially deteriorate. Many brands of toothpaste contain abrasives that can scratch the aligners and cause changes to the shape or transparency of Invisalign® aligners.
Do: Remove Invisalign® while drinking, eating and chewing gum
While the thermoplastic materials of Invisalign® aligners are durable, they are not meant to withstand constant chewing or exposure to liquids that are not water. Chewing food while wearing Invisalign® can cause the product to crack or bend. This can cause prolonged treatment or constant replacement.
Don’t: Leave them out to dry
When taking out your Invisalign® to eat or drink, make sure to leave them in their dedicated case. Leaving your aligners out to dry will cause them to gather bacteria from surrounding areas. The bacteria from your mouth can also move around and multiply, causing potential odor. Make sure to rinse regularly to keep them fresh throughout the day.
Do: Wear them as often as possible
In order for Invisalign® to be the most effective, keep to your realignment schedule. Patients should wear the aligners at least 20-22 hours a day. Any less often can prolong treatment or allow the teeth to shift back to their original positions. Typically, Invisalign® is not recommended for young patients due to the discipline needed to wear them. Make sure to adhere to your dentist-approved schedule to get the best results from your aligners.
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