Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners and Your Teeth

Invisalign can give you a gorgeous smile that showcases straight teeth. This modern dental method for straightening out of line teeth is made up of a series of clear trays known as aligners which are specifically designed for your teeth. The aligners are not obvious to the human eye and they tend to cause a lesser degree of discomfort than the regular metal braces. The clear aligners are also known as trays and are fashioned from thermoplastic material.

The trays are changed approximately every two weeks in order that the teeth will move a little at a time. Those patients who have a mild case of crooked teeth may only require six month’s worth of treatment while more complicated cases could take a year or more.

If you decide to say yes to this dental treatment to get your teeth looking their best then you need to take care of them. You should always take exceptional care of your teeth and gums as you want them to last a lifetime. However oral hygiene and care needs to be extra special when you are using trays to bring your teeth into proper alignment.

Those who decide to get metal braces will have to work harder at their dental hygiene but those who choose to get Invisalign will still have to be thorough and conscientious. This is not the time to slack off in the care and health of your teeth. It is also so important that you keep the trays clean that are being used to move your teeth.

Observe the same good hygiene habits as you would if you were not being treated for a straightening problem. Brush your teeth after every meal and if possible floss after every meal. If flossing after every meal is too time consuming for you then do it at least once a day, preferably after your last meal of the day or before you go to bed.

When you are brushing your teeth take the time to brush your Invisalign retainers as well. Bacteria and germs can collect on the trays and you want to do everything you can to keep them clean, fresh and free of odor!

Find out from the orthodontist you go to if there are any special cleaning instructions that you should observe and if besides using your toothbrush and toothpaste if you should be using a cleaning agent such as cleaning tablets. The more you can do to keep your dental trays clean and fresh the better.

The wonderful thing about Invisalign is that it is a device that is removable. That means that you can take it out of your mouth when you want to eat and drink. The only liquid that you should consume while wearing your trays is water. If you drink anything that has sugar in it while wearing your teeth straightening apparatus then the sugar can embed itself in the trays and this can lead to cavities.

Source by Abigail Aaronson

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