Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible. While you are wearing Invisalign® clear aligners it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. Home care details can be seen in the videos. As well, the following home care tips are for keeping your teeth and Invisalign® clear aligners clean.
Protecting Your Healthy Smile While Being Treated With Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Taking care of Invisalign® clear aligners is very simple. Every time you brush your teeth you can brush your aligners as well. They can also be soaked and cleaned in a denture cleaner while you are busy eating. The best way to clean your aligners is to brush and rinse them in lukewarm water.
It is not advisable to remove your aligners at night.
Thanks to the removable nature though, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you're required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless instructed otherwise by Dr. McKenna. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.
Dr. McKenna discourages smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored. You cannot chew gum while wearing your aligners. It will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snack.