July 29th, 2014
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that can correct a number of dental problems. In order for Invisalign to work properly, you need to follow your orthodontist's instructions carefully. This includes cleaning your aligners thoroughly and on a regular basis. By cleaning them properly, you'll avoid certain Invisalign problems caused by improper maintenance.
How to Clean Your Aligners
Your orthodontist will give you many Invisalign tips on how to clean and maintain your aligners. Make sure to follow all of their instructions.
Always keep your teeth and mouth as clean as possible. Every time you take the aligner out to eat or to drink something other than water, you'll need to brush your teeth and floss before you place the aligner back in your mouth. If you don't do this, then food particles will accumulate, and bacteria may start to grow on your teeth and the aligners. This can damage the aligner, and you might develop cavities.
While you are eating and drinking, you should place your aligner in a cup filled with water and a special cleaning solution. This will stop your aligner from developing bacteria on it, and it'll clean it at the same time.
The type of cleaning product you use should be the special cleaning crystals made specifically for these aligners, or you could soak it in a gentle, anti-bacterial solution that your orthodontist says is safe.
Whether you should brush your aligner or not depends on a few things. Some orthodontists may advise you to use toothpaste and brush the aligners to clean them. Others will not want you to ever clean them in this manner.
If you want to clean your aligners with toothpaste and a toothbrush, you will need to use a gentle, sensitive toothpaste that has no abrasive particles in it. You'll also need a very soft toothbrush to avoid scratching the aligners.
What to Avoid
To protect your aligners, you'll need to avoid damaging them during the cleaning process. You should use a clear, gentle anti-bacterial liquid soap to clean your aligners. Do not use a soap that has coloring in it. This coloring could end up turning the aligners yellow or another unsightly color.
Also, avoid using a harsh soap with strong chemical cleaning ingredients in it. The harsh ingredients may damage your aligners. Some harsh solutions you should avoid using include the following:
- No Bleach
- No Rubbing Alcohol
- No Ammonia
- No Mouthwash
Most mouthwashes have strong ingredients in them that will damage the aligners.
Another thing to avoid using when cleaning your Invisalign aligners is extremely hot water. Hot water can warp the aligner, and this could cause it to become unusable.
If you need more information about cleaning your aligners, or if you are looking for a reputable Gainesville Invisalign provider, then call or stop by to make an appointment with Dr. Wilson today. He is an experienced orthodontist who can help you with all your orthodontic needs.
Wilson Orthodontics 1220 Sherwood Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA
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