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Maintaining Oral Health with Clear Aligners: Tips for a Beautiful Smile

06/06/2023

Clear Invisalign aligners offer a more discrete and comfortable option when compared to traditional braces, providing you with a convenient solution to straighten your teeth without the fuss of metal brackets and wires. It is critical to prioritize dental hygiene when receiving Invisalign treatment to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile. Here are some important recommendations for keeping your teeth healthy while using clear aligners.

Girl wearing clear aligners.

1. Brush your teeth on a regular basis:

Brushing your teeth properly is critical during Invisalign treatment. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal, is advised. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, giving special attention to brushing around your aligners to remove any food particles or plaque that may have accumulated.

2. Floss daily:

Aligners can create small holes in which food particles might become lodged, making flossing even more vital throughout treatment. We recommend the use of a floss threader or orthodontic floss to easily dislodge any food that becomes lodged in your teeth throughout the day.

3. Clean your aligners:

It is critical that you clean your aligners on a frequent basis to keep them fresh and free of bacteria, and that you brush and rinse your aligners before placing them back in your mouth. We recommend that you rinse them with lukewarm water instead of hot water every time you remove them from your mouth, as hot water can distort the aligners. You could alternatively use a gentle antibacterial soap or a specialized aligner cleaner prescribed by your orthodontist.

5. Drink lots of water throughout the day:

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day not only helps you to stay hydrated, but it also helps wash away any food particles and bacteria from your mouth. Remember to remove Invisalign before drinking anything other than water to avoid staining your clear aligners or causing any potential damage!

6. Keep your aligners in their case:

Always store your Invisalign aligners in their approved case whenever you remove them. Leaving them exposed raises the possibility of misplacing or harming them. Be aware of where you place the case, and attempt to keep a backup case with you at all times.

7. Maintain frequent dental check-ups:

Even if you practice good oral hygiene, you should see your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups and cleanings. During your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will check your overall oral health, address any issues, and ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Remember that, while Invisalign is a more inconspicuous technique to straighten your teeth, proper oral hygiene is essential for maximum results. You can maintain a healthy smile throughout your treatment by following these suggestions. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic for assistance and support, or to learn more about Invisalign in Kettering.

 

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