Many patients can be hesitant about the potential for pain and discomfort related to braces, and so they opt for Invisalign (Srivastava R et al., 2017). Traditional braces can contribute to mouth ulcers, tooth discolourations, plaque deposits, poor gingival health, dental cavities, inability to chew, and diet restrictions. However, with Invisalign treatment, these factors are reduced (Srivastava R et al., 2017).
Many individuals who have gotten Invisalign aligners, or are currently wearing Invisalign, may already know about how to properly care for their aligners for teeth. However, for people who have never had the opportunity to manage their Invisalign accessories then knowing the simple ins and outs of Invisalign care such as how to remove Invisalign and how to use Invisalign correctly along with how to clean and maintain them can all be questions that they do not have the answers to.
When you have an orthodontic appliance that costs hundreds of dollars, knowing how to properly maintain and care for it is absolutely essential to maintaining your Invisalign appliance.
One thing that individuals will notice once they have their Invisalign aligners is how tight they feel on their teeth at first. This of course is the point, as the Invisalign aligners are designed to help compress and pull the teeth into the right positions to make sure that you get the smile that you deserve. However, this can make them feel difficult to get on and off and if done incorrectly, you can potentially damage your Invisalign aligners or simply have more trouble getting them on and off than is necessary.
A good simple way to get your Invisalign aligners off is to use your finger and work from the back molars forward. Of course, it goes without saying that the finger you’re sticking in your mouth should be clean. By using your finger and starting from the back molars forward, eventually, your Invisalign aligner will easily come out.
If you attempt to do it from the front, not only will this be more difficult but you also run the risk if you attempt to pull or twist it off of damaging your orthodontic device. Making sure that you protect your orthodontics such as Invisalign or other aligners is absolutely crucial to maintaining your overall health and well-being. Bending or warping your aligners will make them significantly less effective and can slow down or even cause your treatment to regress.
Now that your aligners are out, it’s important not just to put them on the side of a plate or into a pocket where they are too often forgotten and either not worn, lost, or washed and dried with the laundry. Many individuals, especially when they are first getting used to their aligners do not take adequate care to make sure they pay attention to where they put them.
Since it is not part of your habit yet, it’s important to put them somewhere where you will always remember, such as a case which can help keep them safe. Simply putting them in a pocket can, as mentioned before, cause bending or warping which will make them less effective or not effective at all. Making sure that you always keep them someplace safe where you can remember where you place them is essential as a lost aligner is ultimately worse than useless, it’s expensive as well.
Invisalign treatment includes wearing transparent plastic trays that have been custom made for the individual (Srivastava R et al., 2017). They can be removed by the patient and don’t require an orthodontist appointment to do so. While the aligner is out of your mouth, you should always take the opportunity to clean it. Aligners such as Invisalign and other aligners have to be cleaned as often as you brush your teeth or floss.
Ideally since you are taking them out at every meal already, this could be a great opportunity to clean your aligners as well. However, there is a proper way to make sure that you clean them so that you do not cause damage. As these are precision orthodontic appliances, it is absolutely essential that you make sure that you clean them in the right way and not too roughly or aggressively.
For instance, utilizing a soft bristle toothbrush is an excellent way to help clean out any plaque, food particles, or saliva that may have accumulated inside your aligners. Also using a little bit of toothpaste helps to keep tartar from building up. If it’s okay to use on your teeth, then it’s likely okay to use for your aligner.
Soft bristle toothbrushes are preferred compared to hard ones as hard or stiff bristle brushes can potentially scratch the surface and lead to more issues in the future. Also utilizing lukewarm water is another common method to keep from warping the trays.
Things you absolutely should not do under any circumstances are things like using hot, or worse boiling, water to clean your trays. Very hot water can cause the plastic to distort and cause it to no longer fit your teeth. Like with lost retainers that are broken and no longer able to fit your teeth properly, these are ultimately useless and expensive.
Making sure that you maintain your retainers by cleaning them in a proper approved way is absolutely important. Many individuals also have made the mistake of cleaning the retainers with powerful chemical cleaning agents. But think about this for a moment, you are going to put this back in your mouth. If you would not utilize these cleaning chemicals as mouthwash, then you absolutely should not use them on your aligner.
In addition to that, some cleaning chemicals can actually corrode or damage the Invisalign retainers, making them brittle or more likely to snap and break. The simple fact is if you do not feel that you are getting an adequate amount of cleanliness from the traditional methods, you can always talk with your orthodontic office to see if there are other methods that might be more effective for you. There are many different low-powered solutions designed specifically for clear plastic aligners that can help them feel fresh and clean but without causing any potential damage to the or to you.
And of course, both before you get Invisalign and during your treatment, you can always talk with your orthodontic office to find out any other answers to questions you may have. Knowing how to properly care for your orthodontics will not only save you significant amounts of money but can also make sure that your treatment progresses quickly and you can have that beautiful radiant smile sooner than you ever thought possible.
Most people have to wear the Invisalign trays for at least 20 and preferably 22 hours a day. This is a long time, and it is essential that you know how to take proper care of your Invisalign trays so that you can continue to enjoy them for the length of their expected lifetime.
Failure to take care of your Invisalign can lead to breaks and cracks in them. This will render them useless and you will have to buy another set, meaning you will end up spending extra money, and lead to frustration. On the other hand, if you take good care of your Invisalign, you will experience the joys of effective orthodontic treatment, and avoid wasting money unnecessarily.
Your orthodontist will give you some guidelines intended to extend the lifetime of your orthodontist Invisalign trays. Some of these tips will include how to wear your Invisalign trays correctly, how to clean your Invisalign trays correctly, how to store your Invisalign, and others. It should go without saying, but you should never eat with your Invisalign trays in, and when cleaning your Invisalign, you should never use abrasive materials. Additionally, it is important to ensure you continue to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth.
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retrieved 12 April 2021 DOI: 10.29011/2574-7347.100013