Struggling with crooked teeth? Do gaps in your smile prevent you from smiling confidently? One of the major perks of opting for Invisalign is the practically incognito trays this smile-transforming solution comes with. And while the clear aligners are incredibly durable, they can stain or warp if they aren’t cared for properly. With this in mind, keep reading to learn a few best practices you should implement throughout your treatment to keep your trays in tip-top shape!
#1. Remove Your Trays When Eating and Drinking
One of the quickest ways to discolor, break, or warp your aligners is by neglecting to remove them when eating or drinking. Dark-colored liquids and foods can make your once-clear trays take on a yellow tinge, causing your teeth to look discolored in the process. Additionally, hot beverages, like coffee and tea, can cause their shape to distort, rendering your aligners virtually useless. To prevent that from happening, make sure to always remove your trays when eating or drinking (with the exception of water).
#2. Clean Your Clear Aligners Each Morning and Evening
Just because your trays won’t be in your mouth when you’re eating doesn’t mean they won’t be exposed to plaque, food particles, and bacteria. The last thing you want is for your aligners to trap potentially harmful debris like these against your teeth, significantly increasing your risk of decay and cavities. So, make sure to thoroughly clean your trays each morning and night with an Invisalign-friendly cleaner and lukewarm water.
#3. Store Your Aligners In a Designated Case
To stay on track with your treatment, you must wear your Invisalign trays for 20 to 22 hours a day. If your aligners are misplaced or split into multiple pieces during your treatment, that goal becomes impossible to meet. Fortunately, you can easily prevent this from happening by storing your trays in a sturdy, brightly-colored case. This will avoid them accidentally making their way into the trash can or shattering on the floor.
Taking care of your teeth and gums throughout your treatment is of the utmost importance, but so is maintaining your aligners. Luckily, following the above best practices can help you have the discreet, effective smile-enhancing solution you deserve!
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