You’ve gone to the dentist, and they created molds of your teeth, generated 3-D images, and provided you with your first set of custom-made Invisalign aligners. Now you’re one step closer to the impeccable smile you’ve always dreamed of. So now that you’re all set, you might be asking yourself, “How and when do I clean my braces?”
To keep your Invisalign braces clean, clear, and odour-free, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. One of the best features of clear braces is that they allow for easy removal when you eat and drink. But if you neglect proper cleaning of your trays after every meal, you may begin to notice discoloration and odour buildup. Taking care of your braces doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can easily clean your trays while you brush your teeth. Here are a few tips dentists recommend you practice throughout your dental care process:
Before you begin
When you first receive your Invisalign kit, it will be sealed and individually packaged. Although each set undergoes an extensive cleaning and sterilizing process before it’s delivered, there can be chalky residue left behind. This residue is usually harmless, but there have been cases of allergic reactions. To prevent this, your dentist will likely recommend carefully sterilizing each tray in hot water before putting it in your mouth.
Before and after meals
Whenever you take your aligners out to eat, you should rinse them thoroughly, or place them in a cup of distilled water while you eat. Placing your aligners in water will prevent them from accumulating bacteria or developing a filmy white coating. This will also help prevent unpleasant odours when your reinsert your aligners. Once you’ve finished your meal, clean your trays with a soft toothbrush. Don’t forget to brush your own teeth thoroughly too! A rinse under running water can also keep them fresh until further brushing can be done.
Cleaning your cases
Typically, Invisalign kits come in two separate cases: one red and one blue. These two cases are meant to help you differentiate between the top and bottom trays and are extremely useful. However, they can become dirty very quickly. Even when they might seem clean to the naked eye, your dentist will recommend that you clean your case as often as you clean your aligners. You can even use the same cleaning process to clean both. Simply flush the case out with water and use a soft toothbrush with a small amount of soap to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
If you want to keep your Invialign braces looking new from their first day to their last, follow these dentist-recommended tips. Before long, you – and everyone around you – won’t even notice that they’re there.