The Invisalign system, which repositions the teeth using a series of clear plastic trays, offers a major improvement over earlier orthodontic interventions that rely on brackets and wires, which can be unattractive, uncomfortable and inconvenient.
In order to gain the full benefits of Invisalign treatment and achieve the best possible aesthetic outcomes, you must take proper care of the trays. One significant way in which Invisalign differs from conventional braces is the level of patient responsibility that is involved. Patients do most of the work in maintaining the aligners and must switch out the trays on the schedule provided by the dentist.
Taking care of the Invisalign trays is not necessarily difficult or complicated, but it’s necessary to ensure that the trays can do their job.
The Invisalign aligners can—and should—be removed at mealtime. This prevents food debris from getting caught in the trays, allowing it to cling to the teeth and serve as a food source for decay-causing bacteria. Similarly, you should remove the trays while drinking anything other than water, to eliminate the possibility of a sugary buildup or staining of the trays.
Smoking while wearing the Invisalign trays can also lead to staining, so avoid this activity, too, to keep your trays in optimal shape.
Daily cleaning of the Invisalign aligners is recommended. You can gently brush the trays using water and a soft-bristled toothbrush (but skip the toothpaste, which can be abrasive to the plastic) or soak the trays during the brief periods of time when you’re not wearing them. You can even purchase a specialized Invisalign cleaning kit.
You will benefit from Invisalign treatment for years to come, and unlike traditional braces, you can begin to see the results and appreciate your improving smile within a matter of weeks. Taking good care of your Invisalign trays will also help you to enjoy your smile during treatment. At the onset of your treatment course, be sure to discuss this issue with your dentist so that you’ll know how to maintain your trays.
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