As cold and flu season quickly approaches, you may have some questions regarding your Invisalign usage and the possibility of getting sick.
Being sick is never fun—especially when you’re in the process of straightening your teeth!
If you do get sick, these tricks and tips will help prepare you for outlasting sickness while wearing Invisalign.
Practice Basic Hygiene
This sounds really easy to remember—keep your hands clean!
Wash your hands often during cold and flu season, especially before you touch your Invisalign trays.
If you’re out in public and need to remove your Invisalign in order to eat or drink something, head to the bathroom and wash your hands first.
Your retainers are going to be sitting in your mouth all day long, so you always want to make sure you’re handling them with very clean hands.
Do I Have to Throw My Retainers Away?
As an Invisalign wearer, you’re well aware that your retainers need to be worn between 20-22 hours a day, only being removed for eating and drinking.
If you remove your aligners for longer periods of time, there’s a good chance you’ll start to reverse the straightening process.
You may have been told that when sick, it’s necessary to throw your Invisalign retainers away.
This is simply not true. Even when sick, keep wearing your aligners. Getting that perfect smile can be expensive and time-consuming.
You don’t want to start the process from the beginning by failing to wear your retainers for a sufficient amount of time.
Even after you recover from your illness, don’t throw your retainers away.
There will be lingering bacteria on your aligners, but by properly disinfecting your retainers, you can continue to wear them, even after getting sick.
Disinfect Your Retainers—The Right Way
If you get sick during your Invisalign process, it’s very important to disinfect your retainers. You don’t want to accidentally get sick again by not properly cleaning your trays.
There are lots of methods for keeping your retainers clean, but not all of them are effective.
The simplest and most efficient way to disinfect your Invisalign aligners is to use antibacterial soap or Listerine. Simply use a soft-bristle toothbrush and brush the aligners very gently so you don’t scratch the plastic.
You’ll also want to rinse your retainers in warm water. It’s very important not to place your Invisalign in hot water, as hot water can warp the plastic.
If you’ve read elsewhere that you should soak your aligners in cleaner—don’t do it!
Soaking your aligners for long periods of time can cause discoloration, making your trays very visible while wearing them.
Getting sick is never enjoyable—but hopefully you’ll feel more prepared for dealing with sickness while using Invisalign.
Consult A Team Of Professionals
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!