Invisalign is one of the most revolutionary introductions into the dental industry in decades, with millions of people across the world joining in on this subtle way to re-align your teeth. The only problem that can come with Invisalign is when you forget to take care of the aligners and allow them to deteriorate before you get your next set in. Luckily, there are many simple ways you can stop the rot, so to speak, and keep your Invisalign looking as good as the day you got it. Here are three simple tips you absolutely must follow if you want to keep up to date with your Invisalign schedule.
Follow All The Soaking Advice
This cannot be repeated enough: your Invisalign will come with special cleaning crystals that you are supposed to soak your aligners in for a certain amount of time each day or night. It is crucial that you follow this no matter where you are. If you are planning a trip, make sure to bring some water with you specifically for this purpose. If you are going away for a few days, always remember to pack enough cleaning equipment. This might seem obvious, but so many people treat this a little too flippantly, and it can drastically affect your results in the long run.
Wash, Wash, Wash Every Time You Take Them Out
If you take your aligners out for any reason, either to eat or perhaps just to brush your teeth, you need to wash them under running water. Even if you only take them out for a second, you should still wash them. This is for a few reasons. Firstly, you never know what invisible viruses or bacteria can get on your Invisalign, even when it is outside your mouth for a second, and secondly, your Invisalign will naturally develop some bacteria while in your mouth. Washing the aligners out resets the bacteria clock and drastically reduces the chances of an infection.
Don't Brush Too Much
Invisalign aligners are supposed to be cleaned, that is true, but many people treat them as though they are made of construction steel and not the more delicate, medical-grade plastic they are. You may not even realize how much you are warping your Invisalign aligners just by holding them tightly as you scrub them. Be gentle, with a soft grip and a delicate rubbing motion. Cleaning is good, but not at the expense of the future structural integrity of your aligners, so if you feel the aligner moving or changing, stop brushing immediately.