What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses a series of removable plastic trays to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position. Invisalign uses 3D computer imaging technology to design each set of aligners specifically for you, so they fit comfortably and work effectively in moving your teeth into place.
Invisalign has many benefits over traditional metal braces:
- It’s less noticeable than traditional braces!
- It’s easier to clean between appointments because there are no wires or brackets for food particles to get stuck on!
- You can eat whatever you want while wearing Invisalign–even sticky foods like caramel corn!
How to Clean Invisalign
- Brush your Invisalign trays with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and then rinse them under warm water.
- Use a fluoride-free mouthwash to clean the insides of your trays, or use a brush designed specifically for cleaning braces (these are usually sold at the same place you buy your Invisalign).
- If there are any food particles stuck in between the brackets on your teeth, use flossing threaders to remove them before brushing or rinsing with mouthwash!
Tips for Keeping Invisalign Clean
- Brush and floss your teeth after every meal.
- Clean your Invisalign trays after every meal.
- Rinse your Invisalign trays with lukewarm water after each use.
When to See a Professional
When to See a Dentist
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see your dentist for an Invisalign cleaning:
- Pain or discomfort when wearing your trays
- A foul odor coming from your mouth
- A build-up of plaque on the inside of your trays (this can show up as brown spots)
Caring for Your Invisalign Trays
- Store your Invisalign trays in a safe place.
- Avoid damage to your Invisalign trays.
- Replace any damaged or lost trays as soon as possible, so that you can continue to benefit from the treatment.
Common Questions About Invisalign Cleaning
- How often should I clean my Invisalign trays?
The best way to keep your aligners clean is by rinsing them with water or mouthwash after each use. If you don’t have access to running water, you can use a soft toothbrush and antibacterial soap or rinse (but not both). Be sure to let the aligners air dry before putting them back in your mouth.
- What happens if I don’t clean my Invisalign trays?
If you’re not cleaning your aligners regularly, bacteria can build up on them and cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth as well as bad breath–not exactly what anyone wants! Bacteria also has the potential for causing gum disease if left unchecked for too long; so make sure that you’re keeping up with regular cleaning routines.* Can I use mouthwash instead of water when cleaning my trays?No! Mouthwash contains alcohol that may damage plastic parts on your trays over time; therefore it’s important that only water be used when rinsing out these pieces.*