Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign® Teeth Straightening

Posted by Dr. Panchal on Jan 27 2020, 06:22 AM

Taking care of your teeth during Invisalign© treatment is typically simpler than it is with conventional metal braces. Good dental hygiene is essential when getting orthodontic treatments, as no one wants to straighten their teeth only to have to deal with tooth decay.

Traditional metal braces increase a patient's risk of developing tooth decay since food particles and debris often end up getting stuck underneath the wires and brackets that come with braces. These brackets and wires also can make cleaning the mouth a lot more complicated.

Fortunately, Invisalign© aligners may make it easier to keep teeth healthy during orthodontic treatment. As a result, the patient gets to flash their improved smile without having to worry about decay.

Taking care of teeth while wearing Invisalign© aligners

Here are some basic things anyone getting teeth straightened with Invisalign© should do regularly to ensure the health of their teeth and get the most out of the aligner trays.

1. Take the tray out for meals and hygiene

While traditional metal braces are fixed in place once a dentist installs them, things are different with Invisalign©. The aligner trays used during this treatment can be easily removed and reinserted. This allows the patient to take them out for meals and cleaning, which dentists recommend.

Taking out the trays allows the wearer to enjoy any foods without having to deal with food particles getting stuck on the trays. Removing the aligner trays also makes it easier to clean teeth since the patient does not have to navigate around brackets and wires when flossing or brushing.

2. Brush twice a day

Wearing braces often requires patients to learn new ways to brush their teeth, but that is not the case with Invisalign©. The patient is free to brush how they normally do since the trays can be taken out. This allows for proper teeth cleaning during each brushing session.

Most dentists recommend brushing teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride to keep tooth decay away. Brushing sessions can be followed up with an antibacterial mouthwash for added protection.

Dentists also recommend cleaning the mouth after meals before reinserting the aligner trays. An easy way to do this is by rinsing the mouth with water before reinserting the trays. The trays limit the natural cleaning function of saliva since it prevents it from coating teeth.

3. Do not forget to floss

Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it cleans the spaces the latter cannot reach. Metal braces make flossing a lot more difficult than usual, but Invisalign© aligners do not have this problem since the wearer simply removes them before flossing.

4. Clean the trays daily

Invisalign© aligners trays should be cleaned daily to prevent bacteria from accumulating on them. A simple way to do this is by soaking them in Invisalign© cleaning crystals for 15 minutes.

Ready for Invisalign©?

Talk to a dentist or orthodontist to learn more about these clear aligners and to get your treatment started.

Request an appointment here: or call Rushi Panchal DDS at (559) 426-1124 for an appointment in our Hanford office.

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