What Is The Best Way To Clean Invisalign Trays?
Most people in the Merrimack, NH area want straight teeth. Thankfully, at Something To Smile About, we offer Invisalign®, an orthodontic treatment that allows you to align your teeth at home. Dr. Kevin Boulard uses Invisalign to help correct crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth. After starting Invisalign treatment, you will need to learn useful oral hygiene tips and how to clean Invisalign trays to ensure your teeth and gums look and feel their best. These clear dental aligners are virtually undetectable and make it easy to keep your teeth and gums clean.
How does Invisalign work?
At Something To Smile About, Dr. Boulard uses Invisalign to fix many of his patients’ dental needs. First, he will take digital impressions of your lower and upper arches that are sent to a lab to create your customized trays. When they’re ready, you will come back to our office in Merrimack, NH to try on your clear dental aligners, and learn how to use and clean them properly. Many of our patients describe their clear dental aligners as invisible braces.
You should wear your clear dental aligners at least 22 hours a day. Follow-up visits to our dental office allow us to track your progress. Aligners are usually changed every week or two, depending on your progress. The length of time you wear clear dental aligners will depend on the position of your teeth and your specific smile goals. On average, our patients use Invisalign in Merrimack, NH, for about a year.
Cleaning tips for Invisalign trays
It’s important to clean your Invisalign trays every time you brush. Soaking your trays with Invisalign cleaning crystals and warm water for at least 20 minutes and then brushing them helps remove stains. Before putting them back in your mouth, make sure they are thoroughly dry. Dr. Boulard doesn’t recommend using toothpaste to clean aligners since it is abrasive and can scratch them. When your aligners are discolored, this can be due to stain-causing foods or beverages. Limit those foods and drinks in your diet. When you’re going through Invisalign treatment, don’t use mouthwash as it contains harsh ingredients that can damage your Invisalign trays. Ultimately, knowing how to clean your Invisalign trays correctly makes sure they stay stain-free and clean, helping you maintain the best possible oral health from home.
Schedule a consultation to learn how Invisalign can improve your smile
When you’re feeling self-conscious about your teeth, Invisalign can help. At Something To Smile About, we offer patients looking to correct their gapped, overlapping, crooked, crowded, or misshapen smile these clear dental aligners. To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, call today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Boulard at our Merrimack, NH dental office. He can answer your questions about the treatment process and how to clean your Invisalign trays effectively for the best results.