Congratulations on beginning your Invisalign journey! Now that you’ve got your aligners and are all ready to go, it is important to make sure that you have what you need to take care of your teeth and your Invisalign products. You will need to establish a thorough, regular oral hygiene routine. You may also need to stock up on a few additional hygiene products and supplies. We have put together this guide to keeping your Invisalign aligners clean to help you look and feel your best during your treatment!
You will need to remove your clear aligner trays every time you eat or drink anything besides still water, which will of course mean removing your aligners and brushing your teeth several times a day! In order to set yourself up for success, we recommend keeping the following supplies on hand.
Many patients choose to use two different toothbrushes for their teeth and for their aligners. This is because your aligners require a soft bristled brush that will not be too abrasive or damaging, while your teeth my require stiffer, tougher bristles to scrub and remove food particles. Another benefit to using two separate toothbrushes is that you will minimize the risk of staining your aligners with food particles left on your toothbrush from brushing your teeth.
While you can still use whitening toothpaste on your teeth, you should not use it on your aligners or the brush you use to clean them. Whitening toothpastes can leave a film on your clear aligners, or make them appear cloudy and dull, defeating the purpose of their invisibility!
You’ll want to step up your flossing game if you have Invisalign! Because you need to put your aligners back in very soon after eating, you don’t want to risk leaving any food behind between your teeth.
It is a good idea to purchase a clear aligner soaking solution to use daily or every few days to thoroughly clean your aligners. Many patients choose to soak their clear aligners while they are eating dinner at home to maximize their time!
If you frequently eat at school, work, or out at events or restaurants, you’ll definitely want to invest in a travel case for your aligners. This will keep them safe while you’re out and about, and help prevent against loss and damage.
Because you need to remove your trays when eating or drinking anything besides still water, you’ll probably find yourself needing to brush your teeth while you’re out and about. Make yourself a small travel kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and your clear aligner case so that you can make sure you’re always prepared!
Cleanliness during your Invisalign treatment is very important for both your oral health and the success of your smile treatment. If you have any questions about your oral hygiene practices during your treatment, ask your orthodontist for their input. If you are ready to schedule your free consultation, call our office today!