Congratulations on taking an important step toward a healthy, attractive smile with the Invisalign straightening system. You’ve been given a series of aligners designed to guide your teeth into beautiful position. Now it is important to care for them properly. Why? To keep your breath fresh. To maintain healthy oral structures. To keep the aligners transparent. To avoid the expense of replacing aligners. Don’t worry, Chicago patients. Caring for Invisalign just takes a few simple steps.
What you’ll need
- A soft toothbrush or retainer brush.
- Mild, non-abrasive toothpaste or clear liquid anti-bacterial soap.
- Retainer or denture cleanser.
What to do
- Each time you brush your teeth, also clean your aligners. Remember that food particles and plaque get trapped inside them. If it isn’t removed regularly, it will contribute to tooth decay.
- Take an aligner out of your mouth and rinse it under tepid tap water. The temperature should feel about the same as your skin. Water that’s too hot may warp and ruin the aligner.
- Apply toothpaste or antibacterial soap to the toothbrush. Gently brush the entire aligner inside and out, using small circular motions. Toothpaste should be non-abrasive or it may scratch the aligner, clouding the appearance and leaving grooves that harbor bacteria. If you use soap, be sure it is clear – otherwise it may stain the aligner.
- Rinse the aligner, again with tepid water. Take a close look for build-up of tartar. It appears as a white film on the aligner, and it won’t budge from brushing.
- If you notice tartar, soak aligners in denture or retainer cleaning solution, following instructions on the package. Please don’t soak aligners in mouthwash – it won’t remove tartar and it may stain.
- Invisalign offers a cleaning product (the Invisalign Cleaning System) which you may prefer. It is designed specifically for aligners, and is available for purchase online.
- After your Invisalign aligners are cleaned, pop them back into your mouth.
When it is time to advance to the next set of aligners, follow the above steps to clean the current set. Let them air dry and store them in the case provided. On the occasion a patient needs to return to wearing a previous aligner, and this will ensure that it is clean and fresh should you need it.
That’s all there is to keeping your Invisalign system clean while you straighten.