If you’ve been fitted with custom designed Invisalign aligners, then you’re well on your way to achieving an attractive, fully functional and healthy smile. To ensure that you don’t have any unnecessary interruptions in your treatment process, like advanced tooth decay or Invisalign damage, you need to know how to take care of your aligner when you aren’t going to the dentist. Therefore, even while the COVID-19 crisis persists, you can stay on track with achieving your orthodontic goals.
Clean Your Aligners Frequently
Your Invisalign aligners are designed to fit snugly against your teeth and guide them to their correct position. The tight space between the trays and your teeth can become the ultimate hiding place for oral bacteria and plaque, but by following these steps you can protect your teeth and gums:
- Whenever you remove the aligners, be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
- Use Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture cleaner to soak the aligners.
- You should always brush and floss your teeth after removing your aligners to rid your mouth of any lingering bacteria and debris.
- Before reinserting the aligners, always give them a second rinse.
Properly Store Your Aligners
To avoid damage to your aligners, they should only be stored in the protective case provided by your dentist. This is especially important if you have small children or pets, as the aligners can appear to be mere toys. Additionally, the plastic trays need to be kept in a location that is room temperature. As the warmer months approach, this is key to keep in mind. Otherwise, you could end up with a pair of warped aligners.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
While it may seem that the significance of keeping your teeth clean is a “no-brainer,” it’s definitely worth reemphasizing for patients being treated with Invisalign. It defeats the purpose to clean your aligners if your teeth aren’t properly maintained.
Brushing and flossing should always be vital parts of your oral hygiene, but they become even more important components of your dental care regimen when you’re wearing Invisalign aligners. Debris covered teeth will leave the trays coated with bacteria, and the accumulation, unaddressed, will only get worse over time.
Use Your Aligner Care as a Means of Combatting COVID-19
There are a few facts that medical professionals have learned about COVID-19. One is that the virus can enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes. Therefore, the last thing you want is to leave yourself more susceptible to infection by allowing germs and bacteria to collect on your aligners and inside your mouth. By washing your hands thoroughly before and after removing your aligners, and following the above suggestions, you can better protect yourself from COVID-19 and limit the chances of you infecting others. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to stay on track with achieving the smile you’ve always wanted!
About the Author
Dr. Jason L. Montgomery is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry. He has additionally taken over 500 hours of continuing education, which has allowed him to provide a well-rounded scope of treatment options. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Montgomery is only providing emergency dental care, but if you have an issue with your Invisalign aligners, feel free to contact his office to get helpful pointers. Dr. Montgomery corrects bites with Invisalign at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.