How to Clean Invisalign Aligners

Thanks to modern technology, patients can straighten their teeth without old-fashioned brackets and wires. Invisalign is a clear, custom aligner that you wear for one or two weeks and only take out when you eat, brush and floss. The aligner will gradually straighten your teeth until your teeth are completely straight. Every couple of weeks, patients will receive a new Invisalign aligner from The Smile Specialists. The difference is clear, and so is the aligner. If properly cleaned and maintained, Invisalign aligners are hardly noticeable.

Although patients will receive a new aligner every couple of weeks, properly cleaning and maintaining Invisalign will streamline the correction process. Also, once Dr. McSurdy prescribes the final aligner, you will want to keep it as clean as possible. Below are some tips and suggestions on how you can keep your aligner crystal clear.

The Smile Specialists are committed to helping Pennsylvania families receive quality, affordable orthodontic care. Our vision is to provide our patients with healthy oral care by correcting tooth and jaw alignment. The benefits of realigning teeth go beyond aesthetics, though studies show that a straighter smile boosts self-confidence. Straight teeth help people speak, bite and chew easier. Also, aligned teeth improve overall oral health by reducing the risk of periodontal disease. Over time, a crooked bite can wear down tooth enamel and lead to cavities and tooth decay. The Smile Specialists will help patients take care of their teeth and maintain their straight smile after their treatment.

Remove Your Aligners While Eating

After removing your aligners for eating, brushing, or flossing, rinse them with water. Over time, saliva and plaque from your teeth can breed bacteria and sully your treatment. Brush and floss before reinserting your aligners. As with braces, proper oral hygiene is an essential part of your overall treatment. Orthodontic correction is most effective when paired with thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth.

Since Invisalign is form fitted, any additional plaque or bacteria in the retainer can jeopardize your treatment. Ask The Smile Specialists for an anti-bacterial soap to keep your aligners clear. Gently brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soaking your aligners in a denture cleaner will also keep them clear and plaque free.

While wearing Invisalign, avoid eating or drinking anything besides water. Most foods and drinks will discolor or stain your aligners and cause bacteria to form between them and your teeth. After taking off your aligners to eat, brush your teeth and rinse the aligner before putting it back into your mouth. This decreases the chance of harmful germs and bacteria forming while the aligners are set against your teeth.

Call The Smile Specialists Today!

The first consultation with The Smile Specialists is complementary and obligation-free. We will take X-rays of your teeth and consult you on the best way to align your smile. Schedule your first appointment online or call us at 610-489-6032.