How To Care for Your Invisalign Braces

Using invisalign braces is a great step toward better oral health. These orthodontic appliances don't put as much pressure on your teeth as traditional metal braces, making them more comfortable to wear. Moreover, they are made of a clear plastic film, making them less conspicuous and thus more appropriate for adults and teens.

As much as they are better than traditional metal braces, invisalign braces need proper care if you are to maximize the benefits they provide, prevent oral diseases, and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

Cleaning your braces

Invisalign braces should be kept clean to prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. The best time to clean them is during mealtime, as you will be removing them anyway. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the plastic aligners to remove food particles before soaking them in a cleaning solution.

Home products such as hydrogen peroxide bleach or vinegar can be diluted in tepid water to create a great cleaning solution, or you could buy special invisalign cleaning solution from your dentist. Never soak your aligners in mouthwash, as it usually contains a color pigment that stains the resin material in the aligners.

Once they are clean, thoroughly rinse your aligners and safely store them in their designated casing to prevent damage.

Drinking and eating etiquette

Invisalign braces give you greater freedom to enjoy the foods you like, but what happens before, after, and during meals can affect their quality. Your aligners must be removed during eating for better oral hygiene and to prevent damage from abrasive foods. While the braces can be worn during drinking, it is important to take them out while taking hot drinks, as the heat would cause warping of the plastic material.

Sodas and other colored drinks can also stain your aligners, so it is advisable to either use a straw or remove your aligners prior to enjoying the drinks. Finally, ensure that you brush your teeth before putting your aligners back on after meals, as food particles on your teeth can easily stain the appliances.

Aligner removal and insertion

Always start removing your invisalign braces at the molars and use your fingertips to slowly work your way to the front. Never use sharp objects to remove them to avoid abrasion and injury to your gums.

While inserting invisalign braces, place the front aligners in over their corresponding teeth and gently push them in with your thumbs. Do the same for your lower aligners before biting your teeth together to fully insert them.