Invisalign Care & Maintenance

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Invisalign is an incredible tool brought about by modern orthodontics that many clients wear, love, and see great results from. But getting your Invisalign from our team here at The Practice is not the last step. Proper care and maintenance ensure oral health and increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

 

Morning Cleaning

  1. Start the day by removing the aligners. 
  2. Rinse the aligners under lukewarm water.
  3. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, mild, clear antibacterial soap, or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Avoid using toothpaste, colored soaps, or abrasive cleaners.
  4. Rinse the aligners again under lukewarm water to ensure all residue is removed.
  5. Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting the clean aligners.
 

Evening Cleaning

  1. Remove the Invisalign aligners and rinse them under lukewarm water.
  2. Soak the aligners in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals dissolved in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes.
  3. After soaking, brush the aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove residue.
  4. Rinse the aligners under lukewarm water to ensure they are free of cleaning solution.
  5. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste before using the aligners for the night.
 

Rinsing After Meals

Whenever you remove the Invisalign aligners to eat or drink something other than pure water, rinse them in lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth. This removes food particles and prevents bacteria from accumulating. Avoid hot water, as it can warp or distort them.

Following this cleaning routine, you can maintain optimal oral hygiene and keep the aligners clean and odor-free. Consistency is vital to achieving successful results.

 

Proper Cleaning Methods for Invisalign

 

Using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

Invisalign cleaning crystals are formulated to clean aligners without damaging them.

  1. Dissolve one packet in lukewarm water according to the instructions.
  2. Place the aligners in the solution and allow them to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  4. Rinse under lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat this process once a day or as recommended.
 

Brushing Aligners

  1. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  2. Avoid using toothpaste or colored soaps.
  3. Brush in a circular motion.
  4. Be thorough but gentle to avoid wear and tear.
 

Avoiding Harsh Chemicals

Avoid cleaners that can damage the material and affect the clarity. Use mild, transparent antibacterial soaps or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Consult our team at The Practice if you need clarification on a cleaning product’s suitability.

 

Handling and Insertion Technique for Invisalign Aligners

 

Correct Alignment

Use a mirror to guide the process and ensure the aligners fit against your teeth. Check that the aligners have the Invisalign logo facing outward and that the correct aligner number is visible.

 

Gentle Pressure Application

Start by inserting the aligners at the back of your mouth and work your way forward, applying even pressure along the edges. Avoid using excessive force. If you encounter resistance or discomfort, adjust their position before continuing. It’s normal for the aligners to feel snug, but they should fit once correctly inserted.

 

Monitoring Aligner Condition

 

Recognizing Wear and Tear

Inspect the Invisalign aligners for cracks, chips, or rough edges. Check for discoloration or cloudiness that may indicate bacterial buildup or deterioration of the material. Pay attention to how the aligners fit and feel in your mouth. If you notice changes in fit or discomfort, the aligners may have become damaged or distorted.

 

When to Contact Our Team

If you notice significant wear or damage. They may also provide instructions for adjusting the treatment plan or addressing your concerns.

 

Eating and Drinking Guidelines for Invisalign

 

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

Avoid consuming foods and beverages such as:

  • Colored drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda.
  • Acidic foods and beverages like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and vinegar-based dressings can weaken the material.
  • Sticky or chewy foods like gum, caramels, and taffy can get stuck and cause damage.
  • Hard foods like nuts, ice cubes, and candies can crack or break the aligners.
 

Removing Aligners While Eating

Always remove the Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water.

After eating, brush and floss your teeth to remove food particles or debris before reinserting the aligners. Avoid placing the aligners on napkins or tissues. Store the aligner case conveniently, such as a purse, pocket, or backpack.

 

Oral Hygiene Practices for Invisalign

 

Brushing and Flossing

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after every meal. 

Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. Consider using an interdental brush or floss threader to clean your teeth.

 

Using Non-alcoholic Mouthwash

Rinse your mouth with a non-alcoholic, fluoride-based mouthwash after brushing and flossing to reduce plaque buildup, freshen your breath, and maintain optimal oral hygiene. 

 

Orthodontic Check-ups for Invisalign

 

Progress Monitoring

The Dentist will examine your teeth during the appointment and review alignment, spacing, or bite changes. They may also take impressions or scans of your teeth and ensure the treatment is on target.

 

Aligner Replacement Schedule

The our team will provide a customized aligner replacement schedule. Typically, you will switch to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks. 

Attending check-ups is crucial for maximizing the effectiveness of the Invisalign treatment and achieving the best possible results. 

 

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Invisalign

 

Discomfort

It’s common to experience discomfort or pressure when wearing new aligners during the first few days of each new set. To alleviate discomfort, consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers. You can also use orthodontic wax to smooth rough edges or irritating areas. 

 

Aligner Loss or Damage

Contact us to discuss your options. In the meantime, continue wearing the most recent aligner to prevent your teeth from shifting to their original positions. Our team may provide a replacement aligner or adjust your treatment plan. To avoid losing or damaging the aligners, always store them in their protective case when not in use and handle them with care.

 

End of Treatment Care for Invisalign

 

Retainer Usage

After completing the Invisalign treatment, we will provide a retainer to maintain the alignment of your teeth. Follow the instructions regarding retainer usage, which may include wearing it full-time initially and then transitioning to nighttime wear. Be diligent about wearing the retainer as instructed.

 

Post-treatment Dental Visits

Schedule check-ups and cleanings to monitor the stability of the results and address issues that may arise. During these visits, our team at The Practice will examine your teeth, assess the alignment of your bite, and ensure your retainer fits appropriately.

 

Conclusion

Whether you already have Invisalign and are looking for a new provider or you are intrigued by this innovative orthodontic solution, our team at The Practice has your back. We want to support you on your way to a brand-new smile! Contact us today to set up your consultation appointment and ask any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

To clean your Invisalign aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water after removing them from your mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap. Avoid using toothpaste or colored soaps. Consider using Invisalign cleaning crystals periodically to deep-clean the aligners.

Eating or drinking anything other than water with the aligners on can stain, damage, or distort the material. Always store them in their protective case.

Contact us as soon as possible. In the meantime, continue wearing the most recent aligner or the previous set. We may provide a replacement or adjust your treatment plan.

Appointments are scheduled every 4-6 weeks to monitor progress and receive new aligners.

Always handle the aligners with clean hands and store them in their protective case when not in use. Clean the aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap. Remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water to prevent staining and damage.