Invisalign aligners are a popular choice for those looking to straighten their teeth.
Invisalign aligners are clear plastic trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth. They are an increasingly popular choice for people looking to straighten their teeth, as they are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating and brushing. Although Invisalign aligners are very low-maintenance, it is important to clean them regularly to avoid build-up of bacteria and plaque. Here are some tips for cleaning and caring for your Invisalign aligners:
Step 1: Rinse your aligners with water
Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic that won’t irritate your gums or mouth. The best way to clean them is to rinse them with water before you brush your teeth. You can also use a soft toothbrush to gently brush away any plaque or food particles. Be sure to rinse your aligners thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
It’s important to clean your aligners every day to prevent bacteria from building up and causing cavities or gum disease. If you wear your aligners for more than 22 hours a day, you should clean them twice a day.
Step 2: Brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste
Invisalign aligners are easy to keep clean with just a few simple steps. The first step is to brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. This will help remove any plaque or food particles that may be stuck to the aligners. It is important to use a gentle toothbrush so you do not damage the aligners. The second step is to rinse your aligners with cold water. This will help remove any soap residue from the toothbrush. Finally, dry your aligners with a clean towel or tissue before putting them back in your mouth.
Step 3: Clean between your teeth with floss
The best way to floss is to use about 18 inches of floss, wind most of it around each middle finger, and hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers. Then, use a gentle back-and-forth motion to slide the floss between your teeth. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums—this can damage them. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth and slide it up and down against the side of that tooth. Repeat this process for each tooth. don’t forget to floss behind your very back teeth!
Step 4: Rinse your aligners again with water
After you have brushed your aligners, rinse them off with water. Be sure to use lukewarm water, as hot water can warp the aligners. Swish the aligners around in the water for a few seconds, then remove and dry with a soft cloth.
Step 5: Store your aligners in the provided case when you’re not wearing them
When you’re not wearing your Invisalign aligners, it’s important to store them in the provided case. This will help keep them clean and free of dirt and debris. If you’re not careful, aligners can become stained and difficult to clean.
To clean your aligners, simply brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse them thoroughly with water and dry with a lint-free cloth. You should also clean your aligner case regularly. Just use soap and water to wash it out, then rinse and dry it completely.
If you’re considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, the first step is to call our Costa Mesa dentist office at (714) 434-7100 to schedule an appointment. During this initial consultation, our team will assess whether Invisalign is right for you and create a treatment plan.