How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners to Ensure Success

Chester County Invisalign® has become a popular choice for many patients regarding orthodontic treatment. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are invisible, removable, and comfortable. However, to ensure the success of your treatment, it’s important to take proper care of your aligners. This article will cover some essential tips for cleaning, storing, and handling them.

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Invisalign Braces Maintenace

How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is essential to prevent bacteria buildup and ensure they remain clear and odor-free. Here are some tips for cleaning them:

Rinse them with lukewarm water: Before brushing your aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water to remove loose debris.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean them gently: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush your aligners to remove any remaining debris. Avoid using toothpaste or mouthwash, as they can damage the aligner material.

Soak them in a cleaning solution: Soaking your aligners in a cleaning solution, such as Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, can help remove any stubborn buildup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth: After cleaning your aligners, rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth.

What Not to Do with Your Invisalign Aligners

There are certain things you should avoid doing with your aligners to ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment:

Please don’t eat or drink anything other than water while wearing your aligners: Eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing your aligners can stain and damage them.

Don’t use toothpaste or mouthwash to clean your clear aligners: Toothpaste and mouthwash contain abrasive ingredients that can damage the material. Stick to using a soft-bristled toothbrush and cleaning solution.

Don’t expose your aligners to hot water or direct sunlight: Exposing them to hot water or direct sunlight can cause them to warp or discolor. Stick to rinsing them with lukewarm water and storing them in their case when not in use.

How to Store Your Invisalign Aligners

Storing your clear braces is essential to prevent loss or damage. Here are some tips to do so properly:

Use the case provided by your orthodontist: Your orthodontist will provide you with a case to store your aligners. Use it to prevent loss or damage.

Keep your case with you always: When you’re not wearing your aligners, keep them in their case and carry them with you. This will prevent you from misplacing them or accidentally throwing them away.

Don’t store your aligners in your pocket or purse: Storing them in your pocket or purse can damage or cause them to become contaminated. Stick to storing them in their case.

How to Handle Discomfort with Your Invisalign Aligners

While Invisalign aligners are generally comfortable, some patients may experience discomfort during treatment. Here are some tips for handling discomfort with your aligners:

Use a cold compress to reduce swelling

If your gums or teeth are sore, use a cold compress to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your orthodontist

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help relieve pain associated with your aligners. However, it’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for use.

Contact your orthodontist if the discomfort persists

If you experience persistent discomfort or pain with your aligners, contact your orthodontist. They may need to adjust your treatment plan to ensure your comfort.

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Are You Interested in Chester County Invisalign?

By following these tips for cleaning, storing, and handling your aligners, you can maintain their clarity, prevent damage, and achieve the desired results. Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions and contact them with questions or concerns. With proper care and attention, your Invisalign treatment will be a success.

At Swiatek Orthodontics, our team can help you take care of your Invisalign clear braces. Give us a call to get started on your treatment!

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