Invisalign® is clear, comfortable aligners designed by computer technology especially for your mouth. About every two weeks, you switch to a new set of aligners in the series as they gradually coax teeth into proper position with gentle pressure. Adults and teens love this straightening method because it is discreet, comfortable, convenient, and effective. Patients have questions, though, on how to care for these aligners. Cincinnati dentist, Dr. Sanjeev Goel of West Chester Dental Group explains how easy it is to live with Invisalign®.
When to wear Invisalign®
The effectiveness of Invisalign® relies upon your compliance in wearing the aligners. You should keep them in place for 20 to 22 hours each day in a clean mouth. Because the aligners don’t have sharp wires or brackets, it is safe to wear them while participating in most sports. Aligners are made of strong plastic that is thin and transparent. You adapt quickly to wearing them without impact to clear speech and you can sleep comfortably in them.
When to remove Invisalign®
One of the benefits of Invisalign® is that the appliances are easily removable. You should take them out:
- Whenever you eat or drink. Chewing food with aligners in won’t hurt your teeth but it can damage the aligners. Do not chew gum while you are in Invisalign treatment. You are able to drink with Invisalign in place, but beverages stain the aligners.
- To brush and floss. Stick to a normal schedule of brushing after eating and flossing before bedtime.
- When participating in a contact sport that requires a protective mouthguard.
Care and cleaning of aligners
- Rinse aligners in tepid water when you temporarily remove them. It keeps saliva and bacteria from creating foul odors. Place aligners in their storage case rather than a napkin or tissue to avoid accidentally misplacing them.
- Brush and floss teeth before putting aligners back in your mouth to discourage tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Invisalign® fits snugly, so if you don’t remove food particles they become trapped between teeth and aligner.
- Before going to bed, brush aligners with a soft toothbrush and clear (non-staining), anti-bacterial soap – not toothpaste. Use gentle pressure to avoid leaving visible scratches that trap bacteria.
- Soak aligners using Invisalign® cleaning crystals, or a mild denture or retainer cleaner to sanitize. Rinse again in cool or warm water (hot water may warp aligners) before reinserting.
- Do not smoke while straightening. It is bad for your overall wellness and oral health, and it discolors aligners.
Call West Chester Dental Group today at 513-942-8181 to learn more from the dentist Cincinnati trusts for Invisalign® care – Dr. Sanjeev Goel.