More and more people are choosing Invisalign in Dublin because of its clear, low-profile design and typically rapid improvements. However, to get the best results, it is important for patients to know how to care for their Invisalign aligners, which includes properly cleaning them. By following the right strategy, you can have a seamless treatment process. Continue reading to get some expert tips from your local dentist!
How Invisalign Can Challenge Oral Health
Invisalign trays are designed to fit tightly against your teeth to encourage them to move to their correct position. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of accelerated oral bacteria growth. This can lead to plaque formation and tooth decay. To maintain a healthy set of teeth, it is imperative to practice good dental hygiene, which should include brushing each time you remove your aligners and flossing at least once a day.
Effective Cleaning Solutions
When it comes to cleaning your aligners, it is important to use the right products and follow your dentist’s instructions. Here are some of the available cleaning options:
Considered by many dental professionals to be the best way to clean your aligners, Invisalign crystals are specially designed to clean without scratching or discoloring your aligners. The process starts with filling a container with water, dropping in the cleaning crystals and allowing them to dissolve. After soaking the aligners for around 15 minutes, remove, brush (with a toothbrush that’s designated for your aligners only) and rinse them before reinsertion.
At low concentrations, hydrogen peroxide is effective at removing stains from your Invisalign aligners. Combine the cleaning agent with warm water and let your aligners soak in the solution for just over 30 minutes. After they are done soaking, brush and rinse them off.
Baking soda does not contain abrasives that will scratch the aligners. Still, it is effective at helping to remove bacteria. It is also useful for removing food particles and plaque. Start by dissolving a tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of warm water. Let the aligners soak in the solution for at least 30 minutes before removing, brushing and rinsing them.
Distilled White Vinegar
If you are considering using distilled vinegar when caring for Invisalign, make sure it is white. Any other type will stain your aligners. Begin by making a solution that contains 1-part vinegar and 3-parts water. Let the aligners soak for 15 minutes, allowing the vinegar time to loosen up plaque so you can brush and rinse afterwards.
While you cannot use scented soap to clean your aligners, a clear and odorless antibacterial alternative will work. You can either create a warm water and soap solution to soak the aligners in or apply the soap directly. Either way, be sure to give the aligners a good rinse when you are done.
Along with using the right products and techniques when cleaning Invisalign and practicing consistent dental hygiene, you should make it a habit to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. Therefore, when your treatment is completed, you will have a smile that is just as healthy as it is attractive!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly 20 years, he has taken pride in providing a wide array of dental services in the most effective manner possible. Dr. Buck creates beautiful smiles with Invisalign at Distinctive Smiles, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.