Have you finally decided to achieve a more perfect smile with Invisalign treatment in La Mesa, CA? You are probably wondering how exactly you should care for your new dental appliances, well today Great Smiles is providing some tips on caring for your Invisalign aligners, follow along!
Did you know properly brushing your teeth is even more important during Invisalign treatment? Debris, bacteria and plaque can actually damage your aligners, leaving them stained, damaged and even discolored. We recommend brushing your aligners each time you brush your teeth as well. You should only use cold water as warm/hot water can actually warp your plastic aligners.
You should be wearing your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours each day (we recommend wearing them as much as possible for quicker and more effective treatment), however when they are removed it is important to store them properly. Due to the fact that Invisalign treatment is designed to be “invisible”, lost aligners can often be extremely hard to find and may become damaged. You can even add mouthwash to your case to give your mouth a freshen up after you put them back in.
When we told you nothing but water while wearing your aligners, we meant it! Foods and beverages can actually stain and damage your aligners, making them no longer invisible and possibly less effective. Ultimately this could lengthen your treatment.
Notice one of your aligners seems damaged? You should contact your orthodontist immediately as this damage to the aligners can actually have an impact on how successful treatment is.