What to Do If Your Invisalign® Aligners Become Stained

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Invisalign® clear aligners offer a discreet orthodontic solution to adults and teens who want to improve the appearance of their smile. It streamlines the straightening process for stunning results in a wide range of orthodontic cases. Invisalign® treatments can fix crooked, gapped, or slightly misaligned teeth to improve your oral health and provide a smile makeover. If you live in the Merrimack, NH area and are unhappy with the way your teeth look, the team at Something To Smile About and Dr. Kevin Boulard invite you to read on and learn more about this innovative orthodontic treatment, including how to care for your Invisalign® clear trays.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign® treatments

A series of customized aligner trays are created from digital impressions taken with advanced computer software for each patient. Smooth, comfortable trays are produced to be worn 20 – 22 hours a day to gradually and gently move teeth into their new location. Every 1 – 2 weeks, the custom trays are switched out on the lower and upper teeth to keep the gradual movement at a consistent, steady pace. With Invisalign® clear trays, Merrimack, NH patients can enjoy the benefits of this orthodontic method for perfect smile makeover results, and no one has to know you are doing it.

How to clean your Invisalign® aligners

Even though Invisalign® treatments require patients to wear the clear trays for at least 20 hours a day, they are comfortable to wear and require no dietary restrictions. It may seem like a lot to wear the orthodontic aligners for 20 hours, but in the end, you will be rewarded with a fantastic smile. The Invisalign® clear trays are easy to remove and clean daily. To keep them clean, use the following methods:

  • Lightly brush with a small amount of toothpaste and cold water
  • Soak in Invisalign® cleaning crystals
  • Soak in retainer or denture cleaning solution

How to remove stains from Invisalign® aligners

Drinking coffee or tea can stain Invisalign® clear trays, so it is recommended to remove them or use a straw. If stains do occur from drinking dark liquids or not cleaning them properly every day, then try the following methods:

  • Lightly brush with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda
  • Soak trays in a half vinegar/water solution for about 30 minutes
  • Soak trays in a small bowl of half hydrogen peroxide and half warm water for a couple of hours

Invisalign® clear trays can provide the same results as traditional orthodontic methods, but without the appearance, discomfort, and hygiene challenges that can occur with metal braces. This aligner-based orthodontic option for adults and teenagers can help correct a slight crossbite, overbite, underbite, gapped teeth, slightly crooked or misaligned teeth. Are you wondering if you are a candidate for Invisalign® clear aligners? Consulting with a qualified dental professional and Invisalign® provider, like Dr. Kevin Boulard at Something To Smile About, should be your next step to attaining the smile you deserve. Call our Merrimack, NH location and schedule your appointment today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.