Cleaning your Invisalign® Aligners

Cleaning your Invisalign® Aligners

Maintaining oral hygiene with your Invisalign®Invisalign requires maintenance and cleaning. aligners is important to the success of your Invisalign results.  In addition, oral hygiene is vital for your oral and body health.  Many people do not realize that our body is connected to the nerves in our mouth and if you have poor oral health, it will affect the health of your body.  Many illnesses have been attributed to poor oral hygiene and oral conditions, such as Diabetes and Alzheimer disease. Maintaining cleanliness with your Invisalign is not a daunting task and here are some tips to make cleaning your aligners easy and breezy.

Oral Hygiene

Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that will align your teeth without all the hassles and pain that traditional metal braces have posed for patients. As stated above, in order to receive the benefits of what the Invisalign system can do for you, one must practice good oral hygiene practices. Bacterial infections will go into your gums and inflame them, eventually depleting your jawbone and causing your teeth to loosen.  This can prompt your real teeth to fall out, making your Invisalign system nonfunctional. The easiest way to remove bacteria from your aligners is by using a specialized soaking solution that will lift bacteria away easily and effectively. Align Technology also makes cleaning crystals that are designed to gently and thoroughly remove bacteria from your aligners.  If you don’t want to use soaking solutions, then you can use clear antibacterial soap to wash bacteria off, but make sure that the soap is clear in color because a colored soap may tint your aligners.  Using a toothbrush is effective in removing excess bacteria that might have slipped your radar. Toothpaste should not be used because its texture may be too harsh on your aligners.

Removing your aligners is one of the main benefits of Invisalign because it gives patients the freedom to remove their teeth straightening system at their leisure. It is highly advised to remove your aligners before you eat because it can cause your aligners to become deformed or tinted in color from the food. Always remember that it is important to either put your aligners in a soaking solution or to wash them off before reapplying them back onto your teeth. In addition, you should brush and floss your teeth to avoid bacteria from festering and developing in your mouth.

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For our current patients with the Invisalign system, we hope that this blog post has shed some clarity about the importance of maintaining oral hygiene for optimal results of your Invisalign treatment. For our prospective patients, if you have crooked teeth and would like to transform your smile and boost your confidence, the Invisalign system may be the prefect solution for you.