Are you on a journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign® treatment? If so, congratulations! Our dedicated orthodontists, Dr. DeArment, Dr. Lill and Dr. Song, are pleased to be your Invisalign providers as you get the discreet care you need to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Now more than ever, you will want to maintain top-notch oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment. This will help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your clear aligner treatment. As September unfolds, let’s explore some valuable tips to keep your smile in top shape during this time!
Brush and Floss Regularly
Consistent oral hygiene habits are the cornerstone of a healthy smile. You will want to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. When wearing Invisalign, it’s important to clean your teeth after every meal or snack before placing your aligners back in. By doing this you are preventing stray food particles from becoming trapped between your teeth and aligners, minimizing your risk of cavities and gum issues.
Clean Your Aligners
Just as you clean your teeth, you should also sanitize your Invisalign aligners daily. You can simply rinse them with lukewarm water and gently clean them using a soft toothbrush to clear away any lingering dental plaque or oral debris. Remember not to use toothpaste, as it can be abrasive, scratching the aligners and making them more noticeable when worn.
Soak in Denture Cleaner
Occasionally, it’s beneficial to soak your Invisalign aligners in a denture cleaner to retain their clarity and cleanliness. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaning solution, and remember to rinse them thoroughly before reinserting.
Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated but also helps rinse away bits of food particles and bacteria in your mouth, reducing your risk of tooth decay and bad breath. It’s easy to make it a habit to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day to stay on top of your hydration game!
Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks
While you can remove your Invisalign aligners when you eat, it’s best to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your aligners or teeth. Be cautious with beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and anything with berries. If you do consume these, make sure to brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in.
Use Invisalign Chewies
Chewies are small, soft cylinders that can help ensure your aligners are snugly fitted against your teeth. Chew on them for 5-10 a day after inserting your aligners to ensure they’re properly seated. This is typically done when you switch to your newest aligners.
Maintain Regular Dental Check-ups
Continue to visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings throughout your Invisalign treatment. They can monitor your progress, address any issues that may arise, and provide guidance on maintaining your good oral health.
Carry a Travel Toothbrush
When you’re on the go, it’s a good idea to have a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can keep up with your oral hygiene routine even when you’re away from home. This helps prevent any unexpected issues from gaining traction while you’re wearing your aligners.
Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene with Invisalign. Stick to your daily routine, and remember that your commitment to oral health will pay off in the form of a beautiful, healthy smile!
Seek Guidance from Our Orthodontists
If you have any questions or concerns about your Invisalign treatment or oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. DeArment, Dr. Lill or Dr. Song in Winchester or Front Royal, Virginia. They are always happy to provide personalized advice to ensure your treatment goes smoothly.
As you embrace September and continue your Invisalign journey, following these tips for consistent oral hygiene habits will help you achieve your desired results while preserving the health of your teeth and gums. Remember that a beautiful smile begins with a healthy foundation, and maintaining your oral health is an investment in your future smile!