October 20, 2016
If you have recently made the decision to begin treatment with Invisalign in Pomona, NY, you have made a wise choice. Your cosmetic dentist in Pomona, NY will create a customized treatment plan to give you the straight smile you have always wanted. Using an effective, convenient, and discreet treatment, you will avoid the hassles associated with traditional braces. However, while you do not have the restrictions like those of metal braces, your aligner trays will require a little extra care. Caring for your aligners is essential to protecting the discreet appearance of your aligners while also protecting your oral health throughout treatment.
How to Care for Your Aligners
While undergoing Invisalign treatment, your teeth and aligners will require care. You will need to continue brushing your teeth twice a day while flossing once daily. It is best to floss your teeth at night. In addition, you will need to brush and floss your teeth any time you have removed your aligners prior to placing them back into your mouth. If you do not brush and floss your teeth prior to reinserting your aligners, harmful food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the aligners and the teeth, leading to tooth decay.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, you also need to clean your aligners. After removing your aligners, rinse the aligners to remove saliva and plaque, which can cause bacteria to develop. When your aligners are not in your mouth you will need to soak your aligners to keep them sterilized and clear.
To clean your aligners, use an anti-bacterial soft soap. It is best to use a clear soap because those with coloring can cause the aligners to become discolored. Using a soft bristled toothbrush, gently brush your aligners. Be careful not to brush too hard or you can cause scratches to develop in the aligners, which may cause the clarity of the aligners to become tarnished.
Protecting Your Aligners from Damage
While your aligners are fairly durable, they are not indestructible. You will need to protect them from damage. You should not eat or drink anything other than water while wearing your aligners. If you eat or drink while wearing the aligners, it can cause them to become discolored and an odor to develop.
When cleaning your aligners, do not use toothpaste, which can cause abrasions to the aligners. When your aligners are not in your mouth, you need to protect them from damage and from becoming misplaced. Place your aligners in a case to keep them safe while also keeping them free from harmful bacteria.
Get a Straight Smile with Invisalign
Invisalign has quickly become the preferred orthodontic treatment—and, for good reason. While you enjoy the benefits of Invisalign, you will need to properly care for your teeth and aligners. In addition, you need to maintain regular visits with your dentist to ensure the treatment is progressing properly.
If you are ready to straighten your smile using the most preferred orthodontic treatment, contact Cosmetic Dentistry Associates to schedule a consultation.
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