So, you’ve started Invisalign and were given a set of clear retainers that will help steer your teeth to the right place. You’re excited about how wonderful your smile is going to be, but you’re not there yet.
Attaining the perfect smile in these retainers is not as easy as simply wearing the retainers. In order to achieve the best results and avoid expensive replacement retainers, proper care is essential for Invisalign retainers.
One of the main advantages of Invisalign is having the opportunity to eat and drink without having to wear them, but they still have the potential to get dirty. Keeping them clean is the only way to keep them transparent, free of door, and free of germs. It’s essential to keep them clean. Without careful cleaning and care, your aligners can change color, smell, and create plaque and bacteria deposits that can wreak havoc on your teeth’s enamel.
How to clean your Invisalign Retainer
Taking care of an Invisalign retainer is simple and requires just a few minutes. Every time you brush your teeth, you must get used to cleaning your retainer at the same time. You need tooth paste, a brush or retainer brush and a retainer or denture cleaner to correctly clean an Invisalign retainer.
- Run the retainer under warm water to get rid of any large bits of debris.
- Get some toothpaste and put it on your toothbrush or retainer brush. Brush the whole retainer with small circular movements.
- Now rinse it again under running water.
- Check your retainer for any white marks. This can indicate tarter or calcium deposits, which often turn up on retainers and can be hard to clean.
- If you notice an increase in calcium, soak the retainer in the denture or retainer cleaning solution as directed by the product instructions. Invisalign makes a cleaning system specifically intended for Invisalign retainers, but you can use any denture or retainer cleaning product found at the drugstore.
- After cleaning it, you can put the retainer back in your mouth.
How to care for an Invisalign Retainer
Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do to take care of your retainers:
Rinse regularly: Whenever you bring your aligners out of your mouth, rinse under running water carefully afterwards. Bacteria, saliva and food debris are then rinsed away.
Soak often: Invisalign has cleaning crystals specially designed to help clean your retainers and keep them clear and clean.
Maintain oral hygiene: It’s not just about cleaning your aligners; your teeth must also be cleaned regularly. It’s important to floss and brush regularly to keep bacteria from forming under your aligners.
Use an anti-bacterial mild soap: This ensures an even more hostile environment for bacteria on your aligners.
Brush gently: Don’t brush too hard or you could end up damaging your aligners.
Consume food or drink: It’s possible to stain your aligners with strongly flavoured or coloured drinks. To stay on the safe side, stick to water while wearing your aligners, and refrain from eating.
Use Toothpaste on your aligners: Toothpaste is great for your teeth, but it can harm your aligners. When you brush them, do so gently and without paste. Also be careful with mouthwash, which can stain Invisalign retainers.
Use scented soap: These might contain ingredients which cause staining, so stick to more neutral-smelling soap.
Maybe the most prevalent and costly error is neglecting to put your container in your mouth directly after brushing or eating. If you are busy or distracted, you may want to come up with a type of system that will help you remember to put them back every time. An easy way to remind you is to set an alarm that goes off half an hour after you start eating, this will remind you to put them back in!
Go Clear Orthodontics
At Go Clear Orthodontics, we work to provide the best care possible at the same time as remaining fun, friendly, and easy-going in our approach. Contact us today if you would like to arrange an appointment with us for Invisalign.