For patients who want to enjoy a straighter smile without the look of metal braces,
dentists often recommend teeth straightening with Invisalign. While your Invisalign aligners are, in many ways, easier to maintain
than traditional braces, they still require ongoing care. Use this guide
to help keep your aligners in good condition when you’re not visiting
One of the best things that you can do to keep your aligners stain and
odor-free is to take them out before eating or drinking anything other
than water. When you remove your aligners for meals and snacks, rinse
them with water and store or soak them in a safe, clean location. To help
prevent bacteria buildup and bad breath, remember to floss and brush your
teeth before putting your aligners back in place.
While it can be tempting to clean your aligners with the toothpaste that
you use on your teeth, doing so can damage their surface due to the slightly
abrasive nature of toothpaste. Instead, dentists advise that you use your
toothbrush to gently scrub your aligners while using a clear, anti-bacterial
soap. After brushing your aligners, soak them using the specialized Invisalign
cleaning crystals, or a cleaning solution designed for dentures or retainers.
While on the road, it can be easy to lose track of your aligners by leaving
them behind in hotel rooms or restaurants. For this reason, it’s
important that you pack not only your current aligners but the previous
and next sets as well. This will provide you with backups in case your
current set becomes lost or damaged. Remember to keep one additional set
in your purse or luggage, and to pack an extra case as well.
If you’re looking for ways to improve the appearance of your smile,
then Invisalign braces could be right for you. Dr. Michael J. Wei offers
a broad range of services for
cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan, including Invisalign and more. For additional information
or to schedule your consultation, call us today at (212) 982-4080.