Tips for caring for Invisalign aligners from our team

Invisible aligners have transformed the orthodontic landscape, providing a discreet and effective solution for achieving a straighter smile. These custom-made aligners are not only virtually invisible but also removable, offering unparalleled convenience during the treatment process. However, to ensure the success of your orthodontic journey and maintain the hygiene and efficacy of your aligners, proper care is essential.

If you are eager to straighten your teeth and feel that braces would be too much, call our team at Dee Kay Dental and book a consultation to discuss having Invisalign Sheffield. We know all there is to know about these aligners and will be able to assess your suitability and guide you through the treatment.

So, here are five indispensable tips to help you care for Invisalign Sheffield and achieve your dream smile.

Oral hygiene is paramount

One of the most crucial aspects of caring for Invisalign Sheffield is maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Before inserting or removing your aligners, be sure to clean your hands, as this will prevent bacteria from being transferred onto the aligners. Additionally, brush and floss your teeth after every meal before reinserting the aligners. Properly cleaning your teeth and aligners helps prevent plaque buildup, bad breath, and the risk of developing cavities during your treatment.

Clean aligners regularly

Just like your teeth, invisible aligners require regular cleaning to prevent discolouration and bacteria buildup. Every time you remove your aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water to remove saliva and debris. It’s essential to avoid using hot water, as it can warp the plastic. Furthermore, consider using a gentle, clear antibacterial soap to clean the aligners and eliminate harmful bacteria. Avoid using toothpaste for cleaning, as it may contain abrasive ingredients that could scratch the aligners, making them more visible.

Soak aligners periodically

In addition to regular rinsing, it’s essential to soak your invisible aligners occasionally. Soaking them helps remove stubborn stains and eliminates lingering bacteria. You can use commercially available retainer or denture cleaning solutions for this purpose. Follow the instructions provided by our team or the manufacturer for the proper duration of soaking to ensure optimal results. Remember not to eat or drink while the aligners are soaking.

Be mindful of food and drinks

To prevent staining and damage to your invisible aligners, it’s essential to be mindful of what you consume while wearing them. Avoid coloured and sugary beverages like coffee, tea, and soft drinks, as they can cause discolouration. Also, refrain from consuming sticky or hard foods that may cause the aligners to crack or warp. Whenever you eat or drink, remember to remove your aligners and store them safely in their case to protect them from harm and avoid accidental loss.

Stick to the prescribed schedule

Each set of invisible aligners must be worn for a specific duration before progressing to the next set. It’s crucial to follow the prescribed schedule provided by your orthodontist diligently. Consistency is key to achieving desired results within the estimated treatment time. Skipping or prolonging the use of a particular set of aligners may delay the progress of your orthodontic treatment.