Many patients who long to improve their smile or address orthodontic problems wonder if Invisalign® is a possible course of treatment. By using clear plastic instead of metal brackets and arches, these aligners are a more discreet alternative to traditional braces. However, not everyone can benefit from this option. Continue reading to learn what problems…
6 Tips to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners
Invisalign® aligners are one of the most comfortable and discreet options when it comes to teeth straightening. These trays work similarly to traditional metal braces. The tray pushes on the wearer's teeth, slowly moving it toward a better alignment.
At the start of the treatment, the patient gets multiple aligner trays, each to be worn for a period of about two weeks. Each subsequent tray pushes the patient's teeth a little closer to the desired position.
Taking care of Invisalign® aligners
Invisalign® trays might become discolored or lose some of their transparency when they are not properly cleaned regularly. In order to get the most out of the treatment, patients are advised to practice good oral hygiene and to clean their trays daily.
Here are simple things patients can do to keep their Invisalign aligners looking their best:
1. Denture cleaner
Solutions used to clean dentures can be safely used to clean Invisalign® aligner trays as well. The tray should be soaked in the solution for around 15 minutes, then gently cleaned with a toothbrush to get rid of any buildup. It should be noted that some denture cleaners can make aligner trays appear cloudy.
2. Retainer cleaner
Solutions used to clean retainers can also be used on aligner trays. These solutions are gentler on the plastics used to make Invisalign® aligners.
Mouthwash is another readily available solution that can be used to clean aligner trays. Patients should avoid mouthwashes with strong coloring agents since these can end up leaving the aligner tray with a slight tint. Whitening mouthwashes are better for this purpose, as the solution is typically colorless.
4. Liquid soap
Another easy way to get aligner trays cleaned is by using a liquid soap that contains an antibacterial agent. It will clean and disinfect the tray simultaneously. The soap should be applied to the tray, then a brush can be used to gently clean it. The aligner should be thoroughly rinsed with water to remove all soap residue.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to clean Invisalign® aligner trays. Hydrogen peroxide is known for its antibacterial properties and has a strong cleaning effect. To clean an aligner tray with hydrogen peroxide, mix an equal amount of peroxide with water and soak the tray in the solution for 20 minutes.
This is used in much the same way hydrogen peroxide is used. The patient simply needs to mix an equal amount of water and vinegar, then soak their aligner tray in the mixture. The tray should be cleaned with a brush afterward and thoroughly cleaned.
Cleaning Invisalign® trays is easy
Any of the items listed above can be effectively used to clean a pair of aligners. You also have the option of purchasing Invisalign® cleaning products that are designed specifically for cleaning these trays.
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