Taking good care of your Invisalign Dublin is just as important as wearing them. These trusted aligners will of course answer your orthodontic prayers, but only if you’re willing to commit to their care. Sure you’ll be moving through the new sets pretty quickly, but it’s really important you keep on top of keeping your current ones very clean.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign comprises a series of clear aligner braces which sit flush against your teeth, they apply pressure to the teeth in a very similar way to traditional braces, they just don’t have the wires and obvious look when patients are wearing them.
Invisalign has become extremely popular in the last fifteen years or so and is only growing in popularity despite them not being available on the NHS yet.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
One of the most obvious benefits is that they are very low key aesthetically, because the trays are clear and flush to your teeth, they’re barely noticeable when you’re wearing them. This is great for professionals and young people alike.
They’re much easier to clean and help to keep your teeth clean during the process, but more on that later.
They’re lifestyle friendly. You really won’t need to change much about your lifestyle other than when you’re wearing them you can’t eat or drink anything, as you risk damaging or staining them.
How to care for your Invisalign
You need to clean your aligners every day, and usually twice per day. Ideally you will clean them once in the morning and then once again in the evening. There are two methods of cleaning which you can move between.
Cleaning your aligners with a brush
So at least once a day we would recommend that you clean your aligners with a soft bristle brush and a white or clear toothpaste. You need a tiny amount of toothpaste, less than you would use to brush your teeth.
Brush along the inside and outside surface of the aligner trays, paying attention not to press too hard. You’re trying to remove the top layer of build-up, not scrub them totally clean.
Once you’ve completed brushing then you can rinse them under the cold tap and pop them back in.
Cleaning your braces with a solution
There are lots of different cleaning solutions on the market now and you don’t need to spend heaps on a fancy one though you’re more than welcome to. We find that a simple denture solution can do the job of removing bacteria just as well as some named brands. That being said if you want a super shine on your aligners it could be worth spending the extra pennies.
All cleaning solutions will come with their own instructions, but as a general rule you’ll be diluting the product in water and leaving the brace to soak. We recommend doing this either once a day or once every other day.
These solutions are perfect for getting rid of the bacteria you simply don’t see, and gives back a clear shine to the aligners themselves.