So you’ve chosen Invisalign over traditional braces to straighten your teeth. It has increasingly become the preferred orthodontic option amongst our patients at The Melbourne Smile Centre, and there is little surprise why. Having invisible aligners in your mouth working to straighten your teeth instead of the traditional wire and metal braces is the less impactful way to straighten your teeth discreetly.
Now that you’ve committed to Invisalign, are you maintaining and cleaning your trays properly?
Good oral hygiene requires proper care of your Invisalign trays to ensure that they do not make you susceptible to gum and oral disease, or tooth decay. Poor maintenance of your trays also leads them to gather bacteria, discolouration and odor. To maintain healthy teeth and healthy gums, you need to care for your Invisalign trays just like you do your teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Below are our tips for maintaining your Invisalign trays and, thus, optimising your oral health whilst on the journey to your perfect smile.
- Clean both trays thoroughly each morning once removed. Bacteria can build up and settle in your trays while you rest at night. Cleaning your trays thoroughly in the mornings and evenings sets your trays back to a hygienic state for wearing once more.
- Rinse your trays each time you remove them. To avoid creating a home for bacteria to settle in, make sure you rinse your trays every time you take them out. This removes any dry saliva or plague that may have attached to the trays. To clean them, use a clear anti-bacterial soap, or the soap recommended by your Invisalign practitioner. To remove any build up in the trays you can brush them with a soft bristled brush. If you are away from your oral hygiene supplies, at the very least give your trays a good rinse before putting them back in your mouth.
- Soak your aligners daily. The best practice for maintaining the cleanliness of your Invisalign trays is to give them a good soaking every day. You can soak your trays in either a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Once you’ve finished soaking your trays, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clear off any remaining residue (if any) before placing them back in your mouth.
- Brush and floss your teeth before putting the trays back in. It is very important to remove any food or bacteria that might be stuck in your teeth whilst your trays are out. Doing this prevents things such as cavities to form, or bacteria to settle into the teeth and gums during the extended period that your trays are in.
- Keep your trays encased when you are not wearing them. Avoid leaving your trays exposed in the open air where they can pick up dust or bacteria. Keep your case close to protect your Invisalign trays and make sure to rinse, soak and rinse them again before putting them back in.
- When travelling, make sure you have access to your next set of aligners. For whatever length of time that you travel, your journey to straighter teeth should not be impacted. To avoid delays in your Invisalign journey, speak to your practitioner before your departure. If you plan ahead, we can have your trays sent to you if not prepared prior so that you can have them on you. It is a good idea to also carry a spare in case anything happens to your current trays whilst away.
- Don’t eat or drink with your Invisalign trays in. Stained or damaged trays defeat the purpose of Invisalign! To avoid the embarrassment of yellowed or unpleasant smelling trays, make sure not to eat or drink whilst they’re in and to take care to clean them before putting them back in your mouth. Aside from cool water, your trays must come out if you are planning on eating or drinking.
- Don’t use toothpaste to clean your trays. Toothpaste is great for cleaning your teeth, but its ingredients are somewhat abrasive for your Invisalign trays. Brushing your trays with toothbrush will cause their sheen to be dulled which will show visibly when worn.
If done correctly, your Invisalign journey is the best path to a beautiful smile with straight teeth. For your journey to be truly rewarding and effective, you need to keep your teeth and trays in the best condition possible to allow Invisalign to do its best work. Raise any questions about Invisalign maintenance that you may have with us, at The Melbourne Smile Centre, whilst in your consultation. Our work requires your help to achieve your goal of a straighter, healthy smile.