Invisalign has long become one of the more popular ways to straighten teeth. It has several advantages over traditional metal braces, as it is a discreet way to adjust teeth with no dietary restrictions, cuts/scrapes, or high risk of tooth decay.

Dr. Chen of Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom is pleased to be able to offer Invisalign right here in the office. He is able to use this treatment for both cosmetic and general dentistry purposes, as straighter teeth are also easier to care for and better for your long term dental health.

But for Invisalign to work correctly, proper care is key. One of Invisalign’s greatest advantages is that it is less likely to harm your teeth than metal braces, while providing similar results. But to be successful with the treatment, you have to make sure you’re caring for your Invisalign trays correctly.

Tips for Invisalign Trays

The following are some important tips for caring for your Invisalign aligners. Keep in mind that proper care is critical to the success of the treatment. If you are concerned you may not be able to keep up with these care tips, talk to Dr. Chen about alternative orthodontic treatments.

  1. Brush Teeth and Aligners Often – You should always brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night. But your dental hygiene changes a little when you have aligners. First, you should brush both your teeth and your aligners morning at night to keep the aligners clean. Make sure you have a gentle brush to prevent scratches. Second, you should consider brushing after all meals when possible. This ensures that your aligners and your teeth will be clean, and no food residue or bacteria will stick to the plastic.
  2. Take Off Before Meals – The plastic used by these aligners is strong, but it is not impenetrable. Chewing can damage the aligners, and it is highly recommended that you do not use a damaged aligner. Make sure you take off the aligners before you eat. NOTE: Aligners should always be worn when you are not eating. You should have your aligners in your mouth at least 22 hours a day for them to work properly.
  3. Floss – Flossing is already an important part of dental hygiene, but it is especially important when using Invisalign. Bacteria may spread faster in the moist environment of an Invisalign tray. Flossing will help clear out that bacteria, preventing both dental issues and a funky smell from your aligner.
  4. Drink Only Water – If you’re in the mood for a special beverage, drink it during a meal when the aligner is already out of your mouth. All other non-water beverages can stain and damage aligners if you’re wearing them while you consume a beverage. Yet it is also not recommended that you take the aligners out just to drink. You want them in your mouth as long as possible.
  5. Rinse and Store – Any time the aligners are out of your mouth, it is a good idea to rinse them to remove any saliva and plaque. You should also make sure you store it in a container made for these types of trays, and if you don’t have a tray, let it sit in a large glass of water. This will help prevent damage and ensure no foreign bacteria gets on the trays.

Invisalign is very effective. But caring for your trays remains an important part of ensuring that you get the best possible outcome for your teeth.

If you’re ready to see if Invisalign is right for you, give Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry a call today at 916-983-6051. We would love a chance to provide you with an exam to determine whether Invisalign is right for you, and then begin the treatment so that you can have straighter, healthier teeth as soon as possible. Contact us today for more information.