Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Since it was introduced in 1997, Invisalign®  has revolutionized the world of orthodontic treatments by eliminating the stigma of wearing braces. Invisalign trays are virtually invisible, and unlike traditional braces, they don’t lead to severe bouts of pain.

They’re also easier to clean, because you can take them off while eating, and they’re less of a nuisance for busy individuals who don’t want to waste time cleaning their braces each time they eat a snack. However, it’s not just adults that can benefit from Invisalign. More and more teens are opting for Invisalign as well.

Despite their advantages over other types of orthodontic treatments, Invisalign trays come with a few unique challenges. You have to be careful about how you store your aligners, what detergents you use to clean them, and what you drink while wearing them. 

Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Austin put together a short list of tips to help keep your Invisalign trays in good condition throughout your treatment.

Avoid eating while wearing the trays 

Unlike other orthodontic devices that are made to withstand chewing and biting, Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic that can be easily damaged. Plus, food particles can get stuck on the trays, and beverages such as tea, coffee, and juice can stain them. Therefore, you should only drink plain water when wearing Invisalign trays, and take them out before eating.

Stay away from colored detergents and hot water

Ask your dental practitioner about what detergents work best for Invisalign trays, since colored detergents and mouthwash can stain them. Hot water can also damage Invisalign trays by warping the plastic. 

Rinse and soak the trays before putting them on

Vigorous brushing and harsh detergents aren’t recommended because they can scratch and damage the trays, so you may need to rinse and soak your aligners in water to clean them before putting them on. 

Don’t use toothpaste on your aligners 

Toothpaste is great for your teeth, but it’s too abrasive for your Invisalign trays. Also, whitening agents can damage the plastic and create scratches where bacteria can easily sneak in and cause cavities. 

Learn more about Invisalign 

Are you considering Invisalign to correct your misalignment, or do you want to learn more about how to keep your trays in a good condition and prevent unnecessary expenses? Contact us to schedule an appointment in Austin, Texas, and learn more about Invisalign and your dental health.

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