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How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening procedure utilizing transparent, soft plastic aligners instead of metal bands and brackets, which was the standard method for orthodontics for many generations.

Caring for your Invisalign aligners is very easy making teeth straightening uncomplicated and fashionable, as the aligners are virtually invisible.

Care involves removing aligners for meals and daily hygiene. While aligners are out, brushing them with a tooth brush and paste will aid in removing any film or bacteria that will form on the aligners from saliva or when drinking beverages (although it is best to remove aligners before consuming beverages to prevent sugars from literally being trapped on teeth).

When brushing is not possible, rinsing the aligners thoroughly as well as rinsing your teeth before replacing the aligners is better than just replacing immediately after eating.

Caring for your Invisalign aligners is very easy making teeth straightening uncomplicated and fashionable…

Since the aligners are made from a plastic based material, never use hot water to clean them. And never boil them or place in the microwave … the aligners can become warped rendering them inadequate to perform their function. If a film forms on the aligner that tooth paste will not remove, there are products available designed to clean orthodontic retainers that will help to remove the calcium build-up that has formed.

Developing a daily regimen and sticking with it will keep aligners clear and fresh. Since the aligners are replaced every couple of weeks, the temptation to get lazy especially near the end of a wearing period may keep you from performing daily maintenance. However, since it is possible that your dentist may want you to go back to a previous aligner for a period should be sufficient motivation to keep them clean.

Using the case provided to place your Invisalign aligners in while eating is always best. Placing it in a napkin increases the possibility of accidentally throwing it away.

Following these few simple steps will keep your Invisalign aligners clean throughout your orthodontic care rewarding you with healthy straight teeth and a beautiful new smile.

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