Invisalign and Dental Hygiene
Invisalign is a good alternative to conventional metal braces for treating gaps and overbites. While both options are helpful, Invisalign doesn't require you to make noticeable lifestyle changes. However, when seeking Invisalign treatment, you must be careful about your oral hygiene.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Invisalign Treatment
It may seem intimidating initially, but with Invisalign aligners, you won't have to change how you brush or floss your teeth.
Brush and Floss Properly
An Invisalign user wears their aligners for 20-23 hours every day. However, they must be taken off when eating or drinking anything other than water. Before putting these aligners in your mouth, brush and floss properly. The slightest food remnants can result in cavities, thus defeating the purpose of wanting aligned and straightened teeth. Like ceramic braces, Invisalign aligners can mask themselves.
Therefore, they're the perfect braces for kids and teens. However, young children are still learning about proper dental hygiene, so when using Invisalign aligners, parents should ensure their young ones properly brush and floss.
Go Easy on Stain-Causing Foods
You don't have to make significant changes to your diet when using Invisalign aligners. Just be careful about food items that cause stains. Items like tea, coffee, wine, fruit juice, acidic fruits, and soy sauce should be consumed in moderation while using Invisalign aligners.
Brush Your Aligners
Like your teeth, your aligners need brushing too. Make sure to brush them with a clean toothbrush and some water. Don't use whitening toothpaste on your aligners, and you should avoid toothpaste with baking soda.
Get an Invisalign Cleaning Kit
When you book an appointment with an Invisalign orthodontist at Senestraro Family Orthodontics, they will explain the benefits of using an Invisalign cleaning kit on your aligners. What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is a dentist specializing in teeth and jaw adjustment. Invisalign cleaning kits have all the items necessary to clean your Invisalign aligners and get them ready for the next day. If an Invisalign cleaning kit isn't available, drench your Invisalign aligners in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet.
Store Them in a Case
You should put your Invisalign aligners in a case when you're not using them. If left outside, they'll contract bacteria that will end up in your mouth. When you are a patient at Senestraro Family Orthodontics, Dr. Seth Senestraro will give you an Invisalign aligner case to store your Invisalign aligners.
Get in Touch with Us
The best thing about Invisalign aligners is the ease of use. However, you need a good orthodontist to handle your case. Make sure to book an appointment with Dr. Seth Senestraro at Senestraro Family Orthodontics to discuss Invisalign treatment and whether it’s right for you.