How To Care For Your Invisalign Braces

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How To Care For Your Invisalign Braces

Caring for your Invisalign braces is crucial on your journey to achieving your dream smile. There are a variety of different reasons as to why you need to care for your Invisalign, but it’s important to know how to care for your Invisalign braces.

Invisalign has become incredibly popular in recent years as a great alternative to traditional braces. Much like traditional braces, Invisalign requires a certain level of maintenance to ensure that your Invisalign remain in healthy condition. 

Don’t Eat With Your Invisalign In

 The most obvious but arguably the most important rule when caring for your Invisalign braces, don’t eat with your Invisalign in. You can crack, chip or even break your braces completely if you eat without taking out your Invisalign.

One of the many benefits of Invisalign braces compared to its traditional counterpart is that you can remove them. By removing your brace, you are given the freedom to eat what you want whilst traditional braces restrict you. 

Keep Your Invisalign in a Case

When you decide to remove your Invisalign braces, ensure that you put them in a designated and hygienic case. This will prevent them from being exposed or being put at risk of damage. 

Whether you’re taking them out when you’re brushing your teeth or eating a meal, put your braces in their case. This is a healthy habit to get into when caring for your Invisalign braces. 

Routinely Clean Your Invisalign Braces 

Some people forget that Invisalign Braces don’t just clean themselves. Your braces will need to be keep clean regularly not for the sake of taking good care of your invisalign, but also for your own oral and gum health. 

There are some common myths and rumours when it comes to cleaning your Invisalign. Let’s go through the do’s and don’ts. 

What You Should Do 

Rinse your aligners when removed

Get in the habit of rinsing your aligns when you remove them. This will ensure that any mucus is removed, avoiding the build up of bacteria. 

Clean your Invisalign 

Rinsing sometimes isn’t enough. Clean your Invisalign braces regularly using a soft bristled tooth brush with clear anti-bacterial soap. This will remove any plaque or excess saliva from your braces. The toothbrush will ensure that you clean those tough to reach places within your braces. 

Clean your case

Ensure that you use clear anti-bacterial soap to keep your tray clean and this is when your braces will be kept when you’re eating. It is super important that you get into the habit of cleaning your Invisalign case as this can become a hot bed of bacteria. 

Clean your teeth before putting your braces back in 

It’s incredibly important that you either brush or floss your teeth before you reinsert your Invisalign braces. This will dispel of any food particles that could still be in your teeth. Trapping these foods in your mouth could eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities or other dental issues. 

Flossing will greatly improve your dental hygiene in these circumstances also. 

Soak your aligners daily

If you want to go that extra mile, you can soak your aligners daily in a small cup or lukewarm water mixed with some Invisalign cleaning crystals. You can leave them in the cup for around 10-20 minutes a day, brushing off any excess with a toothbrush. 

Soaking your aligners will help eliminate any odors that may accumulate. 


Do no use toothpaste to clean your braces

Many people assume that you should clean your Invisalign with toothpaste, but this is a common misconception. Toothpaste can cause discolouration to your braces and sometimes it can create a dull looking surface on your braces, making them more visible.

Don’t use coloured soaps 

Coloured soaps can stain your braces, ruining the appearance of your Invisalign altogether. It’s best to avoid any coloured soaps when cleaning your braces. 

Not only can these coloured soaps ruin your braces, they can leave unpleasant tastes when you put your braces back in. 

Why You Should Care for Your Invisalign

Although you will get a new set of Invisalign braces every couple of weeks or so, it’s important that you take care of each and every brace that you obtain. Misusing your braces can cause irreparable damage to your teeth.

For many, Invisalign can be a costly process when straightening your teeth. That’s why it’s important that you follow the correct process to ensure a smooth straightening experience. 

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