Invisalign is an orthodontic aligner used to treat malocclusion. Dental braces used to be the go-to solution for treating misaligned teeth for many decades. But recent developments in dentistry and dental technology have brought about more advanced and aesthetically pleasing orthodontic aligners. One of these is Invisalign.
Since Invisalign is a removable aligner and is made from dental-grade plastic material, it is crucial you take optimum care of the aligners. Here are some of the best practices you might want to do.
Clean the Aligners Regularly
Just as you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, cleaning the aligners regularly is also necessary to remove the microbes and saliva from them. Gently rinse them with water and scrub their surfaces with a soft-bristled toothbrush to get rid of the microbes. This helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy during the treatment phase. Keep in mind to not use abrasive or harsh substances to clean them such as mouthwash, soap, denture cleanser, etc.
Do Not Eat with the Aligners on
Invisalign is a removable aligner. You may take it off whenever you need to eat or drink, brush your teeth, and during other necessary activities. In fact, taking them off before eating is needed because eating with your aligners on could damage them severely and make them ineffective. This is because eating could change their shape and the pressure they apply on the teeth would accordingly shift, making them lose their purpose.
Clean Your Teeth Thoroughly
Cleaning your teeth before putting on the aligners is crucial in ensuring the treatment progresses as desired. If you have any food residues lodged between the teeth, it could affect the pressure applied to the teeth. Also, you would feel uncomfortable with the aligners in your mouth.
Keep the Aligners Safe
Invisalign comes with a storage case so that you can keep them safe when you take them off. Please store them in the case whenever you’re not wearing them and avoid leaving them in the open, such as on the bed, table, etc. Keep them away from children and pets to prevent any damage.
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