Invisalign is an excellent way to gradually straighten your smile without the hassle of metal wires and brackets. Caring for your Invisalign can help the trays stay clean and functional, so it is important to understand the do’s and don’ts of Invisalign care. Check out these tips from our team about Stuart Invisalign maintenance and care.
Always Use the Case
The most common issue for patients with Invisalign is the fact that the trays can easily get misplaced or thrown out. Invisalign trays need to be removed to eat, so they often get placed on plates or napkins which inevitably end up in the trash. This is such a common and unfortunate problem because Invisalign is such a major investment for some patients. The alignment trays are custom-created to fit each smile perfectly, so a new tray will need to be created to replace the old one. This can be a time-consuming and expensive mistake, so we recommend always using the case provided. Always leave your Invisalign in the case if the trays are not being worn. Be sure to keep the case in a safe place where it will not get lost. Success of treatment depends on how reliable you are with wearing your Invisalign trays, so losing them for a few days can hinder treatment.
Never Use Hot Water
While you may think hot water would be more effective at cleaning your Invisalign trays, it can actually ruin them. Boiling water can warp and bend the plastic used to create the Invisalign. This would make them completely ineffective and you would need to get a new set. Avoid hot water when cleaning your trays. Instead, cold or room-temperature water will work just fine with the right solution.
Try Denture Cleaner
Denture cleaner is an excellent option for cleaning your Stuart Invisalign. Simply soak your trays in the denture cleaner when they are not being worn, and be sure to rinse them well afterwards. While this solution is totally safe to soak your Invisalign in, you would not want to consume any of it, especially after it has been used. Rinse your Invisalign with cold or room-temperature water before placing the trays back in your mouth.
Do NOT Use a Toothbrush & Toothpaste
While a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is essential for a clean smile, it is NOT the right choice to clean your Stuart Invisalign with. The texture of toothpaste is too granular for Invisalign trays and can make them appear cloudy and dirty. This substance is too scratchy for the material that your Invisalign is made out of, and it can cause your alignment trays to be very visible.
Clean Trays Often
We recommend cleaning your Stuart Invisalign trays every day. Your Invisalign can develop bacteria and biofilm just like your natural teeth, so you always want to make sure that your trays are clean. Keeping your Invisalign clean will help keep your smile clean, so be sure to soak them once per day.