Invisalign is an excellent option for anyone who would like to take a discreet approach to straightening their teeth. If you are interested in achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of without making it obvious that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will exceed your every expectation.
However, just because your Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when you first start treatment, doesn’t mean they won’t stain. Even though you’ll only be required to wear each set of aligners for two weeks, you can still damage or stain them if you fail to adhere to your orthodontist’s recommendations. By following the tips below, you can prevent stained aligners and reap the full benefits of Invisalign:
Remove Aligners Prior to Eating and Drinking
One of the greatest advantages of Invisalign is the fact that aligners can be removed before eating and drinking. Although it’s okay to drink water when aligners are in your mouth, you should avoid drinking coffee, tea, wine, and dark sodas and eating any foods that may stain them.
Clean Your Aligners Daily
In order to keep your aligners fresh and free of color, it’s important to clean them on a daily basis. You can use a toothbrush and a mild dishwashing solution to clean them off. Once they are cleaned, rinse them with cold water.
Try a Homemade Soak
There are several homemade soaks that may dissolve any coloring or tartar buildup on your aligners. Hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or vinegar can all be diluted with water and used to clean aligners and ensure they are in their optimal condition.
Invest in the Invisalign Cleaning System
Although the Invisalign cleaning system is more expensive than a homemade soak or cleaning aligners with a mild dishwashing solution, it is a very effective method of keeping your aligners clear. This system contains individual packets of crystals which can easily remove plaque or discoloration from aligners.
Call Gladwell Orthodontics Today
For more information on how to avoid stained Invisalign aligners, call Gladwell Orthodontics at (919) 453-6325 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gladwell will be happy to provide you with Invisalign care instructions and determine whether this method of straightening teeth is right for your particular situation. Our locations in Raleigh, Wake Forest and Henderson offer Invisalign treatment for all patients.
If you should find that you have any questions related to Invisalign, feel free to give us a call. Even if you are not a patient or you do not live in North Carolina, our great customer service team will do their best to help you with any concerns you may have with Invisalign or any other orthodontic appliances.