For a Better Smile: Taking Care of Your Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Braces in Los AngelesInvisalign braces are less invasive and have minimal impact on your daily life. These aligners are also comfortable and you can wear them for the most part of the day. Taking care of your Invisalign braces, however, is important for them to serve you better. Here is a guide on how to care for them:

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Invisalign braces are light and easy to remove. After getting an Invisalign from your Los Angeles dentist, they will advise you to clean them as often as possible. What’s good about this is you can remove them and brush your teeth normally. Here’s how:

  • Rinse the retainers in lukewarm water
  • Apply toothpaste and using a soft brush, gently brush the retainers
  • Gently brush the retainers using small circular motions
  • Once you have brushed, rinse it using lukewarm water
  • Inspect the retainers for any calcium or tartar buildup (white film appearance)
  • If you notice any buildup, soak the aligners in a cleaning solution

Proper Care Techniques

It is important to ensure that the cleaning solution you use does not have harsh ingredients that can corrode the teeth aligners. Do not soak the Invisalign braces in mouthwash. Your orthodontist should recommend you a proper cleaning solution and even give you insights about life wearing Invisalign. As the retainers are clear, mouthwash can easily discolor them. This leaves you with a tinted retainer that is not aesthetically appealing.

Remember that Invisalign retainers are made of plastic (resin). You should avoid using hot water when rinsing them. Hot or warm water can alter the shape of the retainer, giving it an improper fit. You can remove the aligners when eating, so there is no reason for you not to enjoy your favorite food. Unlike traditional braces, you do not need to worry about food being stuck in the brackets and wires.

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These cleaning and care techniques will ensure that your retailers will serve their purpose. Do not forget them, so you will not end up spending more for replacement.