How Often Should Invisalign Aligners Be Cleaned?

When it comes to your smile, most people want a straight one. Many of our patients in Wylie, TX have had their overlapping, crooked, or crowded teeth straightened with Invisalign®. At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot uses clear Invisalign trays to help his patients realign their teeth. To make sure that your teeth look and feel their best, you must learn good oral hygiene tips on not only how to clean your Invisalign trays but also on how to keep your Invisalign trays from staining. Invisalign is a great option for those who don’t want to go through a long orthodontic treatment. As an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign trays are almost undetectable and make it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean.

How Invisalign works

At Trusted Dental Care, we use Invisalign to fix concerns that our patients have with how their smile looks. Dr. G. maps out a custom treatment plan for each patient. He uses digital impressions of the upper and lower arches to send specific details to the dental lab. When your aligner trays are ready, you will come back in to try on your first set and to learn how to use them and to care for them properly. Your aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours a day. You will move onto the next set of aligners every week or two. Follow-up visits to our Wylie, TX office will allow Dr. G. to track your progress. The length of time that you need to use Invisalign trays will depend on your existing teeth positions and your goals for your smile. On average, our patients use clear aligners for a year.

Oral hygiene tips for Invisalign trays

It’s important to clean your Invisalign trays every time you brush your teeth. Also, soaking your trays with cleaning crystals with warm water for at least 20 minutes and then brushing them will help remove any stains. Always make sure they are fully dry before you put them back on your teeth. Ultimately, toothpaste isn’t recommended as it can be abrasive and can scratch your aligners. If your aligners are discolored, this can be due to stain-causing beverages or not brushing your teeth before placing your aligners back in your mouth after you eat or drink.

Never use mouthwash when undergoing Invisalign treatment as it can contain harsh ingredients that can damage your trays. To keep your teeth white, some patients may want to use teeth whitening solutions. However, they can make your teeth much more sensitive to hot or cold. Dr. G. doesn’t suggest at-home teeth-whitening during your treatment period.

Knowing how to clean your Invisalign trays helps to ensure they don’t get stained or dirty. It also helps you to maintain your oral health the best.

Cleaning metal braces

When you have metal braces, you should rinse your mouth with water before brushing. This helps break up any leftover food particles and makes brushing easier. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at the top of the brackets followed by the bottom and then the wire. The goal is to brush each tooth at the gumline and along the brackets so that you can get as much of the tooth surface as possible clean. You will need to replace your toothbrush more frequently because of the metal.

Use a floss pick to floss under the main wire. After you’re done brushing and flossing, a water jet can be used to remove any leftover food that may be stuck around braces or between the teeth. A fluoride rinse helps prevent tooth decay. However, remember this isn’t an alternative to brushing and flossing.

Schedule a consultation to learn about Invisalign in Wylie, TX today

If your smile makes you feel self-conscious, Invisalign could be the answer. At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot helps patients in Wylie, TX to straighten crooked, misshapen, gapped, or overlapping teeth. To determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, schedule a consultation by calling our professional dental team today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.