What’s the best method to clean Invisalign Braces?
- On September 11, 2018
One of the main benefits of Invisalign braces is to be far less visible and noticeable than regular braces. Though they are transparent, daily use can stain them, and improper cleaning techniques can cause bacteria build-up and other issues. Our patients are properly informed and educated about the correct way to clean their Invisalign trays. Even if you didn’t get them at our clinic, anyone is welcome to visit us at All Smiles Dentistry, to learn how to clean their Invisalign trays properly. Below you will learn what some of the key aspects are when maintaining your trays.
Don’t Use Soap, Toothpaste, or Other Products to Clean Your Trays
This is one of the most common mistakes. Toothpaste is designed for brushing your teeth and has elements that play a specific role in grinding the plaque and residue from them. This role, while crucial for your teeth, has a detrimental effect on your Invisalign trays as it makes them rougher and eats away the special material they are made of. Strictly follow your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to cleaning, to prevent staining or any other issues.
Brush and Floss Before You Put Invisalign Braces On
Failing to brush your teeth exposes your trays to whatever you have been eating or drinking. Imagine drinking coffee and putting your trays on immediately after. Do that a couple of times, and it is almost guaranteed that they won’t be so invisible anymore.
The Best Way to Keep Them Clean Is Not to Get Them Dirty
The best protection from contaminants is not to be exposed to them in the first place, meaning you should take them off while you eat and drink to avoid residue build-up. The trays are not designed for chewing, and it may damage them, decreasing their invisibility and the ability to fix your crooked teeth.
There is a specific procedure that ensures your trays remain as clean and invisible as possible and we can tell you all about it. It entails using only denture cleaner to clean them and not leaving them in the open air. Contact All Smiles Dentistry in Lake Jackson, TX, and learn more about proper cleaning techniques. Call us at (979) 297-1128.
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