How to Maintain Oral Hygiene With Invisalign

Invisalign aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment by offering a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional braces. However, maintaining oral hygiene during this process remains crucial to ensure a healthy smile. At Horizon Family Dental Care, we strive to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. This article outlines the steps you can take to maintain oral hygiene while using Invisalign.  

Maintaining oral hygiene during the Invisalign process remains necessary to ensure a healthy smile and bite.

Oral Hygiene Basics

Maintaining oral hygiene with Invisalign requires diligence and consistency. Your daily oral care routine should include brushing and flossing to remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate. Ensure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after every meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing should occur once a day to clean areas between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. 

Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash can provide an extra layer of protection against bacteria. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash to prevent dryness and irritation. Consistently maintaining these practices could help keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Cleaning Invisalign Aligners

Properly cleaning your Invisalign aligners remains essential to prevent discoloration and bacterial buildup. Rinse your aligners under lukewarm water every time you remove them to wash away saliva and food particles. Avoid using hot water as it can warp the plastic aligners.  Brush your aligners gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any residue. Use a clear, unscented antibacterial soap rather than toothpaste, which can be abrasive and cause scratches. Special Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleaner can provide a deeper clean once or twice a week. Always avoid using colored or scented soaps as they may stain or leave a residue on the aligners.

Products to Use and Avoid for Cleaning

When cleaning your aligners, opt for products specifically designed for Invisalign or clear aligners. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as its abrasive nature can damage the aligners. Steer clear of using mouthwashes containing dyes or alcohol, as they can discolor or warp the plastic. At Horizon Family Dental Care, we recommend discussing with our team any concerns you might have regarding the appropriate cleaning products.

Eating and Drinking Guidelines

Wearing Invisalign requires certain dietary adjustments to maintain oral hygiene and prevent damage to the aligners. Always remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Eating with your aligners on can cause food particles to become trapped, leading to plaque buildup and potential cavities. 

After each meal, brush your teeth before reinserting your aligners to ensure no food particles remain. If brushing is not possible, at least rinse your mouth with water. Avoid consuming sugary or acidic drinks frequently, as they can increase the risk of tooth decay and damage the aligners.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental check-ups play a vital role in maintaining oral health during your Invisalign treatment. Visits to the dentist allow us to monitor your progress, check for potential issues, and provide professional cleanings. These appointments ensure that your teeth and gums stay in good health throughout the treatment. 

Follow-up appointments also permit our dental team to make necessary adjustments to your aligners and answer any questions you might have. Consistent check-ups can prevent minor issues from becoming significant problems.

Maintaining oral hygiene with Invisalign requires dedication, but the results are worth it. By following these guidelines and working closely with your dentist, you can help ensure a successful and healthy orthodontic treatment. Your commitment to good oral hygiene could not only enhance your smile but also improve your overall oral health.