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10 Invisalign and Braces Cleaning Tips
When your dentist recommends that you need braces, you may choose Invisalign aligners because they are clear, not easily noticeable, and comfortable to wear; or, you can go with the traditional metal and wire braces.
But now that you have them on, you might be worrying about how to clean them; considering that – aligners are removable while braces aren’t. Fortunately, armed with just a little knowledge and effort, it should be easy enough for you to keep your aligners and braces fresh and clean. Vita Dental Spring recommends the following tips;
Clean Regularly And Often
If you have traditional braces, you need to be cleaning your teeth more often. Using a soft bristle toothbrush and mild toothpaste, brush gently in a circular motion until you can feel the bristles of the brush below the wires of the braces.
As for the Invisalign aligners, remove and brush them until they are clean then run the aligner exhaustively under lukewarm water, and place it on a dry towel to air dry.
Use Commercial Cleansers
There are some different products on the market you can use to clean your Invisalign. The ones made by the creators of Invisalign such as SonicBrite and Retainer Brite are highly effective.
Commercially prepared effervescent denture cleaning products (Efferdent, Polident, and Kleenite) that come in the form of powders, crystals, tablets, and foams, can be used to clean invisible braces. Generic versions are also available thus making this cleaning approach cost-effective. Others come as wipes which can be convenient for on-the-go cleaning.
Avoid Using Mouth Wash
You may have perhaps noticed that several mouthwash brands claim to have antibacterial properties. Mouthwash always has a pleasant flavour that makes it easy to mistakenly conclude that it may be safe for cleaning your aligners. Coloured mouth rinse causes the aligners to discolour or leave a hue on them.
Do Not Use Hot Water
Hot water causes aligners to lose their shape and become ineffectual. Never soak your trays in hot water, as it can severely warp them and cause discomfort. Cold or lukewarm water is a much better option to protect the special plastic from which Invisalign trays are made.
Homemade Soaking Solutions
Soaking is one of the easiest ways to deep-clean your aligners. To make this sanitising bath, you can either mix hydrogen peroxide with some lukewarm water, at a ratio of around 50/50 of each, and soak the aligners for half an hour.
While the hydrogen peroxide may not remove any plaque from the aligners, it kills any bacteria that have accumulated. Another solution of lukewarm water and distilled white vinegar in equal proportions helps remove any tartar or plaque buildup on your aligners.
Most people prefer buying a vibratory retainer bath over a homemade cleaning solution for their Invisalign aligners. These devices use soluble crystals that remove bacteria and particles as the bath vibrates. It is very safe and straightforward to use.
Clean Both Teeth And Braces When You Wake Up
Make it a part of your regular oral care routine to clean your teeth, and the trays themselves before placing them back in your mouth.
A lot of bacteria can accumulate while you sleep, so this step is particularly important. Repeat this process before bed, and soon it will become second nature.
Rinse Your Aligners Each Time They Are Removed
Remove your trays when eating or drinking. After such time, make sure to rinse your invisible aligners with cold water to wash away dried saliva, and never leave them out in the open. Leaving them exposed when you’re not wearing them, could lead to bacterial buildup, which can be a source of the putrid odour. Keeping your case nearby is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene.
Avoid Colored or Scented Soaps
There are plenty of tried and tested methods of cleaning your aligners. One that you’ll want to stay away from is any coloured or scented soap. They can leave an unpleasant residual taste or stain your trays. Use a mild, unscented dishwashing liquid in a cup of warm water and stir until it foams, then soak them in the solution for 20-30 minutes.
Invest In A Cleaning Kit
Without proper care, your trays can build up bacteria that cause unwanted odour and discolouration. Vita Dental Spring recommends the cleaning kit designed explicitly for these aligners.
The cleaning kit is pricey but is worthwhile. All you have to do is dissolve one crystal in a container of water and immerse the dental device. It is a cleaning system preferred by many professionals and recommended for those who may not have time for the overnight soak.
Establish a routine to help you keep track of the recommended actions by specialised dentists. It makes the process of braces, and aligner care more comfortable to follow. If you’re interested in Invisalign or have questions, get in touch Vita Dental Spring for a consultation!
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