If you recently got Invisalign aligner braces to straighten your teeth, congratulations on taking the first step toward a better smile! Even though your aligner trays are changed every few weeks, you still need to take good care of them. This article will give you a few pointers.
How to Wear Your Aligner Trays
First of all, wear your aligner trays exactly the way your orthodontist or dentist recommends. Do not wear them for less hours than he tells you or you will not get the sort of results that are necessary to properly move your teeth. Most dentists recommend wearing the aligners about 80% of each day, taking them out only for eating and cleaning.
Although you will be tempted to eat and drink with your aligner trays in, it may not be comfortable or good for the aligners. If you drink a sugary liquid such as soda, the sugar will stay on your teeth longer because the trays hold the liquid to your teeth. This will give you tooth decay. You cannot drink hot liquids with the trays in, as they may warp the trays. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and brush your teeth often.
Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligner Trays
Because the aligner trays are in your mouth for so many hours, they are exposed to the same sort of bacteria and plaque as your teeth. If you don’t clean your aligner trays regularly, they will soon develop an ugly white buildup of film that can be very difficult to remove. The best way to clean your trays is with a commercial cleaning product for that purpose. Some dental offices sell the Invisalign cleaning system. It works very well but is the most expensive cleaner, so not everyone can afford the cleaning crystals.
The SonicBrite system is a very effective cleaner for aligner trays. The sonic bath that comes with the system helps to get the cleaning product into all the little crevices of the aligner and does a very good job at keeping the white buildup away.
Retainer Brite can also be used for aligner trays. As long as you use it on a daily basis, it will not allow the white plaque to accumulate on your trays. However, if the white plaque is already there, Retainer Brite won’t remove it, but SonicBrite will.
Occasionally you can soak your aligner trays in a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, or even mouthwash to help kill germs and make it smell fresh. If you are away from home and can’t use a cleaning product, at least rinse your trays very well with warm water, and make sure to clean them properly once you get back home.
Use a Retainer Case
If you remove your aligner trays at home, you will probably immediately put them into a cup. But when you are out and about at school or work, you must be sure to use a retainer case. Never wrap your Invisalign aligners in a napkin — that is one sure way to lose it and have it wind up in the trash. A good retainer case solves this problem. Always carry a retainer case with you to store your aligner trays when they are not in your mouth. Get into the habit of always putting your trays into the case. Invisalign aligners are expensive, so take good care of them!