Cleaning isn’t on the top of the average American’s list of favorite things to do. The importance of cleanliness, however, keeps it fairly high on the To-Do list for most. If you’re the new owner of Invisalign aligner trays, cleaning your mouth, as well as the progression of aligners you will receive, is just like any other cleaning responsibility you may encounter. Much more important, actually!
It Is Important To Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
Because Invisalign aligners, unlike traditional braces, are removable, it is much more likely that your aligners themselves can attract bacteria during the hours you are not wearing them.
Although you can help protect your trays (and your teeth!) from that bacteria by putting them in a clean case when not in use, the more faithful you are in cleaning them, the better chances you have in keeping them bacteria-free.
Keep in mind, if the aligners go long enough without being properly cleaned, the bacteria can cause cavities and other frustrating outcomes to your teeth themselves.
Also, it’s widely known that consumables such as soda pop, coffee, and sweet black teas dye your teeth badly.
Although you are advised to take your aligners out when partaking of such treats and brushing your teeth immediately afterward, it’s still possible that they can leave traces on your aligners, making cleaning them often highly important!
How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners?
Now that we’ve talked about why cleaning your aligners faithfully is so important, let’s talk about how to clean them.
At the very least, rinsing your aligner and brushing it with a soft toothbrush before going to bed is a great place to start a habit of cleaning your aligner trays.
It’s important that the toothpaste you use is not a whitening toothpaste. If you use a whitening toothpaste, you may scratch the aligners, which can raise your likelihood of accumulating bacteria.
Make sure you have a designated clean case and a travel toothbrush with you so you never have to wonder if your aligner is staying clean while eating.
Remember, it’s advised that you wear your aligner 22 hours a day, taking them out only when you eat or drink a beverage other than water. That means after you clean the aligner at night, you will be putting it back in your mouth.
Things Not To Do When Cleaning Your Aligner:
Everyone knows there’s a difference between cleaning and deep cleaning something, especially when referencing orthodontia! The habit of rinsing and brushing your aligners is a good idea every night, but it’s also a good idea to clean them a little more deeply on occasion.
If you use any soap to soak your aligners in, make sure that it is an uncolored antibacterial soap. The materials which your Invisalign aligners are made from cannot withstand the dyes in colored soaps.
Whether you choose to use denture cleaner, uncolored antibacterial soap, or the Invisalign cleaning crystals kit to deeply clean your aligners, there is one cardinal rule to each method: Do not use hot water.
Always use warm water. If your water is too hot, it can damage the medical-grade materials used to form your aligners.
As always, the dental team at East Center Dental in Warsaw, Indiana, is available to walk you through any questions you may have about how to clean your aligners.
The best part about the friendly assistance you will find at East Center Dental is they are consistently eager to answer your questions and address your concerns as you learn how to take care of your aligners. Set up an appointment with them today!