Tips for caring for Invisalign explored with our team
So, you’ve been given the green light to start treatment with invisible aligners and are currently waiting for them to arrive at our dental clinic.
However, if you have worn braces in the past, you may have concerns that the use of aligners is going to be, well, difficult. Granted, aligners are not fixed, so you will have more freedom with them.
With that in mind, you may be curious about how to care for these removable appliances.
Not to worry! When you come to see our team at Spa Dental, we can assess your suitability for Invisalign Sydney and will also talk you through the care process to ensure you don’t spend more money than you need to on these aligners. So, hopefully, you will get your brand-new smile sooner!
With that in mind, what are the five tips for caring for Invisalign Sydney? Here are the top ones from our team at Spa Dental!
Maintain excellent oral hygiene
Proper oral hygiene is crucial when wearing Invisalign Sydney. Before wearing them, make sure your teeth and gums are clean by brushing and flossing, as this stops food debris and bacteria from getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners. By upping your oral hygiene, you can minimise the risk of cavities and gum issues. Additionally, clean your aligners regularly by gently brushing them with a soft toothbrush and a denture detergent to avoid discolouration and odours. Never use hot water, as it may warp the aligners, compromising their effectiveness.
Keep aligners in and out hygiene separate
Always remove the aligners when eating or drinking anything other than plain water; this not only prevents staining but also reduces the risk of damaging the aligners when chewing. After eating, rinse your mouth thoroughly before putting the aligners back in. Whenever you remove your aligners, clean them right away to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. It’s essential to brush your teeth before reinserting the aligners to maintain good oral hygiene.
Stick to the recommended wear schedule
Adhering to the prescribed wear schedule is vital for the success of your orthodontic treatment. Typically, aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day, with only short breaks for meals and oral care. Avoid the temptation of leaving them out for longer periods, as this can disrupt the treatment progress, leading to a less satisfactory outcome. Consistency is key, so make wearing your aligners a part of your daily routine.
Store aligners properly
When not wearing your invisible aligners, store them safely in their designated case. Leaving them exposed or wrapping them in tissue can lead to loss or damage. The case protects your aligners from dust, bacteria, and accidental damage. Always carry your case with you when you leave the house, ensuring you have a safe spot to keep your aligners during meals or social events. If you misplace your case, consider getting a spare one to prevent any disruptions in your treatment.
Follow our team’s instructions
Our team at Spa Dental will provide specific instructions on how to care for your aligners and how to progress through each. Always follow our guidance, including when to switch to the next set of aligners. Skipping ahead or wearing a set for too long can hinder your progress and affect the final results. Attend all scheduled check-ups to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.