Tips to Ensure a Successful Treatment
Since Invisalign aligners are removable and don’t have metal wires, they’re much easier to keep clean than traditional braces. Though maintaining your aligners is relatively simple, it’s still important that you follow any instructions from Dr. Strait to ensure successful results.
Explore our guide to caring for your Invisalign aligners.
One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that your aligners are removable, so you can take them out before you eat. This prevents food crumbs and bacteria from getting stuck in your aligners and causing an infection. It also represents a huge advantage over metal braces, eliminating the hassle of trying to clean food out of your brackets.
You’ll need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy your meals every day as you normally would, and you can eat whichever foods you want. To ensure you’re getting enough to eat every day, come up with a meal schedule that’s convenient for you while still accommodating your treatment plan. It may take you a few days to adjust, but you’ll ultimately find that it’s easy to eat with Invisalign.
Cleaning Your Aligners
When you take your aligners out for meals, make sure to brush your teeth before putting them back in. This will remove any leftover bacteria and debris from your teeth so they don’t become trapped under your aligners. Additionally, you should remove and clean your aligners every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed.
We also recommend using the Invisalign cleaning system, which involves placing your aligners in a case filled with warm water and custom crystals. Gently shake the case for 20 seconds to activate the crystals, let your aligners soak for 15 minutes, then shake for another 20 seconds and rinse your aligners with warm water to complete the process.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Over the years, we’ve noticed a few common mistakes that patients make when caring for their aligners. To avoid setting your treatment back, keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t use toothpaste, mouthwash, or any type of hard or colored soap on the aligners
- Don’t leave your trays in the open when you’re not wearing them
- Don’t eat or drink with your aligners in (except water)
- Don’t put your trays back in after eating until you’ve brushed your teeth
- Don’t take your aligners out for more than 4 hours per day
Ask Dr. Strait About Invisalign Care
If you still have questions about caring for your Invisalign aligners, Dr. Strait will be happy to answer all of them. With over 20 years of straightening patients’ smiles behind him, he has the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure your treatment is comfortable and effective.
Contact our Norwalk practice today to schedule your free consultation — it’s the first step to your dream smile.