Clear aligners, or Invisalign as they are commonly known, are clear aligners that are the perfect alternative to braces. If you've got malocclusion, which is a misaligned bite, these aligners can help sort that out for you in as short as 12 to 18 months. What makes them such as excellent option is that they are visually a lot more aesthetic than braces, which is the alternative treatment form. Here we discuss how to take care of your Invisalign for the maintenance of optimal oral hygiene.
Cleaning Your Invisalign
Ideally, you should get the Invisalign cleaning system to clean your aligners. The system uses crystals to remove plaque and bacteria from the fixture. If you don't have the system, you can use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush to clean the aligners and rinse them with warm water. You should also brush and floss your teeth before putting on your aligners for optimal oral health and hygiene.
Storing Your Aligners
Do not leave your aligners lying around, and put them back on without cleaning them. Make sure you store them in their container after you clean and dry them. Leaving them lying around will leave your aligners susceptible to dirt and bacteria.
Do Not Drink Colored Drinks
Your clear aligners are so perfect because they are spotless and transparent. You do not want to ruin their visual appeal by eating or drinking colored food that may stain your teeth and aligners.
Wear Your Aligners
For the better part of the day, your aligners should be in your mouth. Your mouth is the safest place for them, and that is where they are most effective. Make sure you wear them for at least 18 to 20 hours a day.
Want to know more about Invisalign and how it can help you? Visit Pacific Modern Dentistry for consultation.
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