Invisalign is a great way to help straighten your teeth and achieve a beautiful smile. However, failing to follow the proper use and care during Invisalign treatment could result in you developing bad breath.
Bad breath can be rather embarrassing and draw unwanted attention to yourself. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent bad breath from becoming an issue while using Invisalign.
Keep Up With Basic Maintenance
The simplest way to keep your breath fresh is to keep up with your basic, everyday maintenance.
Always brush and floss your teeth after eating. This is important because if you put your aligners back in before brushing, you can accidentally trap food particles and bacteria in your mouth under the aligners. This can cause bad breath and even lead to more significant oral health issues over long periods of time.
If you feel like your basic hygiene routine just isn’t cutting it, you can always upgrade your toothpaste brand. Look for toothpastes that have anti-plaque ingredients listed on the label. Some examples of ingredients to look for are: zinc citrate and fluoride. You can also look for toothpastes with deodorizing ingredients like sodium bicarbonate.
You might also consider purchasing a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner attached. Your tongue houses a lot of bad breath causing bacteria, which is why it’s very important to clean your tongue as well as your teeth.
How Should I Clean My Aligners?
Keeping your aligners clean is incredibly important because dirty aligners are one of the main contributors to bad breath. Your dentist might recommend a certain brand of Invisalign cleaner you can purchase at their office. Or, you can opt to clean your trays at home. You should clean your aligners with a mild, antibacterial soap. This guarantees that they remain clear and fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.
Keep in mind, you should never brush your aligner with a toothbrush and toothpaste in order to clean them.
Most toothpastes are abrasive and can create small scratches and even small holes in your aligners. Indents in the aligners can them trap bacteria, where it will grow and start to smell.
Prioritize cleaning your aligners in order to avoid the unwanted possibility of developing bad breath.
Avoid Tobacco Products When Possible
Additionally, it’s very important to avoid using tobacco products, especially while wearing your Invisalign aligners. The chemicals in cigarettes will quickly discolor your aligners. Also, your aligners will retain the smell of tobacco, especially if your aligners have any small scratches.
This can obviously cause chronic bad breath as well as staining to your teeth. If you do use tobacco products, make sure you remove your aligners first and brush your teeth immediately after. This will help guarantee you keep your breath as fresh as possible.
Consult The Experts
If you have more questions regarding any step of your Invisalign treatment, ask a team of skilled professionals. At East Center Dental, our staff is knowledgeable in all things Invisalign. Don’t be afraid to ask—we’re here to help!