How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners

Invisalign aligners have changed how people approach orthodontic treatment, providing a discreet and comfortable way to straighten teeth. Properly caring for your Invisalign aligners is essential for ensuring the success of your treatment and maintaining your oral health. Getting your aligners can be exciting, but caring for them will make your treatment work. At Southhill Comprehensive Dentistry, we’re here to offer a quick, short guide on how to care for your aligners. 

Our Tips for How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners

If you want to straighten your teeth quickly and discreetly, you will love Invisalign. Invisalign works through a series of clear aligners to improve your bite and teeth. Taking care of your aligners over time can allow you to see an astounding transformation in your smile quicker than you’d think. If you want to learn how to care for your aligners, then here are some tips we recommend: 

Clean Your Aligners Regularly: Keeping your aligners clean every day helps prevent bacteria from building up in your aligners. Here are a few tips we recommend for keeping your aligners clean:

  • Remove your aligners before eating or drinking
  • Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water
  • Brush your aligners with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap
  • Rinse aligners thoroughly to remove any soap residue

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods: Certain foods and drinks can stain your aligners. To prevent this, we recommend avoiding the following foods or drinks:

  • Coffee, tea, or red wine
  • Dark-colored sodas
  • Smoking

If you consume any of these substances, remove your aligners and clean them before putting them back in. 

Store Your Aligners Properly: When you aren’t wearing your aligners, it’s important to store them properly to help prevent your aligners from getting lost or damaged. Use the case provided by your orthodontist to store them and keep them away from healing to help avoid warping or misshaping them. 

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene helps protect your teeth and gums, and combined with Invisalign, it can help you keep track of your progress. Use your time brushing to clean surfaces that come in contact with the aligners, and use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth while wearing your aligners. 

Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments: Keeping up with your regular appointments is crucial for keeping track of your progress with your Invisalign treatment. Your dentist will monitor your tooth movement, provide you with the next stage of your Invisalign treatment, and help discuss any concerns or issues you have with your aligners overall. 

Visit Southill Comprehensive Dentistry For Invisalign Treatment

Maintaining proper care for your aligners is important, and at Southill Comprehensive Dentistry in Spokane, WA, we can ensure that your aligners remain comfortable and effective throughout your treatment and help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile with Invisalign. Call us at (509) 747-8779 to speak with Dr. Ulysses Vargas to learn more about our services. 

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