Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Find out how Invisalign can help you correct your smile flaws with clear aligners, and use these handy tips to care for your

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that can help you achieve the perfect smile. Using a series of clear retainers, Invisalign discreetly and conveniently straightens teeth in no time. Properly caring for your retainer could help you avoid costly replacements. Taking the time to clean your retainer when you brush your teeth will keep your orthodontic appliances intact.

At Hudson River Dental Arts, located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, and her team of dedicated specialists provide high-quality orthodontic care and devise treatment plans that are best suited to your needs. Dr. Sunkin can help you understand how to properly care for your teeth and your Invisalign trays to ensure you get the results you want. 

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system can drastically improve the look of your smile while also contributing to your oral health. The aligners are made to fit perfectly around your teeth. They provide the right amount of pressure to move your teeth into alignment. Best of all, it is discreet and made to be comfortable. 

Using digital scans, Dr. Sunkin will devise a treatment plan for you. She will begin by examining the state of your teeth and gums. Pictures of your bite will be taken in-office and used to construct the perfect treatment plan. 

How does Invisalign work?

As your teeth move through each stage, the doctor will monitor your progress and provide you with a new set of aligners every few weeks. Several weeks' worth of aligners can be picked up at once for your convenience. Switching to a new aligner will not cause soreness or discomfort in the same way that traditional braces might. You should wear your aligners as soon as they’re ready. 

Most aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day; however, you can take them out for a while without compromising your results. For instance, you do not have to avoid eating certain types of food because you can take out the trays. You will be advised to put the retainer back in your mouth after brushing or eating to ensure you see the results you want. 

Taking care of your trays 

Just like you would take care of your teeth, you should practice proper oral hygiene with your Invisalign trays. You should brush your retainer to keep it free from plaque buildup or dangerous bacteria. Start by rinsing the Invisalign tray in lukewarm water; hot water will distort the shape of the retainer, causing it to fit incorrectly.

If you’re using a cleaning solution, make sure that it does not contain any ingredients that could potentially corrode your retainer. Once you have brushed your trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste, run it under the lukewarm water again. If calcium or tartar has started to form, you should use a denture cleaning solution to remove hard buildup. 

The Invisalign cleaning system is devised specifically for Invisalign trays and takes about 15 minutes to remove plaque, stains, and odors that threaten the enamel of your teeth. The most common mistake that people make is to put their retainer back in their mouth after brushing or eating. 

If you have questions or want to schedule a consultation to discuss your next pair of Invisalign trays, call our office or book an appointment today!

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