If you’ve opted for Invisalign braces to enhance your smile, it’s important that you take good care of your aligners and your teeth to ensure that you reap the full benefits of the treatment.
Here are our top tips for caring for your aligners…
Before inserting your Invisalign aligners
Firstly, before you even think about inserting your aligners, you should wash your hands using hot soapy water. Then rinse and dry them thoroughly.
Next up, it’s time to wash the aligners themselves. Being sure to handle only one aligner at a time in order to avoid damaging them, clean both the inside and the outside of each aligner using a soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste.
Never use denture cleaner or mouth wash to clean your Invisalign aligners!
Inserting your Invisalign braces
Once you’ve cleaned your braces and your hands, it’s time to insert your Invisalign braces.
Start by gently pushing the aligners over your front teeth, using your fingertips to apply a gentle pressure to the aligner over your molars until it snaps into place. Don’t push too hard or try and force the aligner on too quickly.
It’s also really important that you never bite the aligners into position as this may damage them!
Wearing your aligners
If you want to ensure that you get the best possible results from your Invisalign aligners, it’s important that you wear them for at least 22 hours each and every day. If you forget to wear them, or you don’t wear them for long enough, this can impact on your treatment and can set it back substantially.
When it comes to eating and drinking, you can drink cool, clear water without removing the aligners. If you want to eat or drink anything else, you’ll need to remove your braces to prevent them from becoming discoloured and from food and bacteria getting stuck between them.
Although you’ll be removing your aligners before every meal or snack, it’s important that you also try and brush and floss every time you eat. If you don’t have your toothbrush with you, don’t panic – you can rinse your mouth and your aligners with cool clean water instead.
When you’re not wearing your aligners (remember, this should only be when you’re eating, drinking, or cleaning), it’s important that your store them safely in their case to prevent loss or damage.
Removing your aligners
When you need to remove your aligners to eat, clean them, or move on to your next set, it’s important that you do this carefully and gently.
Using your fingertip on the inside of your back molar, slowly pull the aligner away from your teeth. Repeat on the other side of your mouth and then slowly pull the aligner out.
If you experience any difficulties removing your aligners, speak to your dentist.
Starting a new set of Invisalign braces
When it’s time to start a new set of aligners, you should always try and start the new set in the evening and wear them for at least 12 hours before removing them.
Make sure that you rinse the new aligners before inserting them and, if you experience any discomfort, try taking over-the-counter painkillers.