First, what is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth straightening method. It is often viewed as the superior treatment option in comparison to regular braces due to its discreetness and general aesthetics.  

To achieve straight teeth, your dentist will create and provide a series of custom-fit “aligners” or “trays”. These are designed to shift your teeth into their desired final position. Each piece is nearly invisible and easily removable for consuming food and beverages.

 

Why is it important to clean and maintain Invisalign Trays?

An essential part of your treatment is cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign Trays. Not only is it important for appearance and general hygiene purposes, but it also prevents lasting damage that could occur to your teeth.

If you don’t maintain regular brushing and flossing, food fragments can be left behind and turn into plaque. As well, be sure to rinse so that saliva doesn’t get trapped beneath the Invisalign Trays and stuck against your tooth enamel. If these simple care techniques are ignored, it will contribute and accelerate the potential for tooth decay or stains on your teeth.

 

How often should I clean my Invisalign Trays?

Regular maintenance is very important. To keep your Invisalign Trays invisible and odour free, stay consistent by regularly brushing and flossing after each meal, in the morning and before bedtime.

 

What is the best technique to clean my Invisalign Trays?

  1. Soak Invisalign Trays in a sanitizing bath

Combine hydrogen peroxide and lukewarm water (50/50)

Let soak for approx. 30 mins

Remove and rinse with cold water

This method will not remove plaque but it will help kill any accumulated bacteria.

 

  1. Soak Invisalign Trays in a plaque removing bath.

Mix distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water (50/50)

Let soak for approx. 30 mins

Remove and rinse with cold water

Brush gently with a soft toothbrush

Once rinsed, brush and floss your teeth before putting inserting back into your mouth

This will help to remove any tartar or plaque buildup on your aligners.

 

  1.   Brush Invisalign Trays

Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste

Gently brush the trays back and forth

Focus on visible food or plaque buildup

Rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a clean paper towel or cloth

This is the fastest and easiest method to clean your Invisalign Trays, however, be careful not to solely rely on this technique.

 

Important note: If you consume food or beverages, ONLY put the Invisalign Trays back into your mouth after you have brushed and flossed your teeth.

 

Are you doing a good job at maintaining your Invisalign Trays?

Wondering if your cleaning skills are doing a good job or considering the Invisalign Treatment? Give our clinic a call to set-up an appointment.

At your appointment, our dentists and hygienists will check your Invisalign Trays and let you know if you’re doing a good job or if there’s room for improvement. If you’re considering Invisalign, click below to book your free consultation.

 

Book a check-up or Invisalign Consultation with Stoney Creek Village Dental today!