At Montclair Smile Design we recently had Invisalign Day! Hurray to your choice to straighten your teeth and change your life. You will soon be receiving your Invisalign trays and becoming accustomed to wearing them for twenty hours a day. Along with this new habit will be a new responsibility of cleaning those delightful trays. We know it can be challenging but here are a few tips to help you along your way.
Caring for Your Invisalign Trays
- You should never eat while wearing your trays, but use this opportunity to care for them before putting them back in your mouth. Rinse your trays while gently rubbing them to remove any visible debris or saliva. When you are done, put them in the case while you have your meal. Do NOT wrap them in a napkin… that is the quickest way to losing them!
- During your usual oral hygiene routines, be sure to clean your trays as well. Brush them as you would your teeth except do not use toothpaste. The toothpaste is too abrasive for the material the trays are made of. It will cause scratches that will in turn harbor bacteria and other icky things. Instead, use liquid hand soap or even mouth wash instead.
- The more you take your trays in and out, the more flexible the material becomes. Although you may be tempted to pull them out often to snack, try to resist! The rigid material is meant to move your teeth ever so gently into their new positions.
- If you feel so inclined, you can utilize this specially designed cleaning crystals to clean your trays and/or night guard as well: Invisalign Cleaning Crystals
After you complete your Invisalign treatment, you will either opt for Invisalign retainers or a Night Guard. Keeping these things shiny and new follows the same ideas as keeping your Invisalign trays looking great. Do not use toothpaste on these either. Instead use a non abrasive agent. Keep your night guard or retainers in the case to keep it safe when it is not in your mouth.
Congratulations on your decision to straighten your teeth!
Questions? Comments? Let us know! We would love to help.