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How to Keep Your Clear Aligners Clean

July 31, 2021 2:46 pm

Invisalign® clear aligner therapy is a discreet orthodontic treatment we offer here at Laredo Orthodontics. Instead of straightening teeth with brackets and wires, you can straighten your teeth with clear, plastic aligner trays.

Have you just embarked on your clear aligner journey or are you considering getting aligners? Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign!

What Is Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy?

Invisalign utilizes a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth over time. It works by using gentle force to push teeth into their desired positions. Each set of aligner trays are worn for one to two weeks before they are switched out for the next set in the series. You’ll continue this process until your desired end results are achieved.

How to Keep Your Clear Aligners Clean

Just like natural teeth collect bacteria and food particles, aligners gather harmful debris throughout the day. It’s critical to clean your aligners every time you take them out and rinse before putting back in to avoid discoloration of your aligners, bad breath, tooth decay, and infection during the teeth straightening process.

Brush your aligners in the morning, before bed, and anytime you remove them with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove bacteria and debris. You should also brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Rinse your aligners only with lukewarm water. Use Invisalign cleaning crystals, a mild dish soap, or denture/retainer cleaner instead of toothpaste to avoid scratches. Keep them in their case when not in your mouth to avoid loss, damage, and getting them dirty.

Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy

This modern treatment option is comfortable due to the smooth plastic of the aligners. Oral hygiene and mealtime remains uncomplicated because the aligners are removable. And you will feel confident during treatment because the clear aligners are nearly invisible.

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At Laredo Orthodontics, our team takes pride in helping each patient love their smile! If you’re ready to straighten your teeth and boost your self-confidence, please contact our office. We’d love to schedule you in for a consultation!

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