You have decided to take the orthodontic route because you want straight and even teeth. Instead of going with traditional braces, you have opted for the up-to-date ground-breaking technology known as Invisalign. These clear removable retainers will move your smile into line. You need to follow your dentist’s instructions to guarantee successful results and you also need to keep the aligners as clean and sanitary as possible.
It is easy to keep the retainers clean. All you need for the process of hygiene is a toothbrush or a special retainer brush, a denture cleaner or one specially meant for I Invisalign braces. You will also need a tube of toothpaste. Ask the orthodontist what type of brush and paste are most recommended for your dental appliances. It will only take you minutes per day to ensure that cleanliness in your mouth with these removable items takes place.
Take the Invisalign out of your mouth and give it a good rinsing under the tap with tepid water. This means that the water is neither cold nor hot, instead it is in between. Take the special brush you will be using or a soft bristled toothbrush and apply a small drop of toothpaste to it. Put small circular motions to work to gently brush the aligner. You want to brush the entire device, both on the inside surface and the outside. Leave no spot untouched by the brush.
Once the brushing process is complete, rinse the brace under the water once again to get all of the toothpaste off if it. Use tepid water this time as well.
Do an inspection of the appliance to look for any signs of calcium build-up. Just as your teeth are vulnerable to the development of calcification (also known as tartar), so are your clear aligners. It will look like a cloudy white film. If there is build-up, eliminating it with the brush may prove to be a challenge.
What you need to do when it comes to tartar development is to soak the aligner in either a denture bath or a retainer cleaning solution. You can purchase these products at pharmacies and grocery stores. Read the label on the package and follow the instructions. You can also purchase the Invisalign Cleaning System from the manufacturer if you would prefer to do that.
After the cleaning and hygiene process is finished, you can put the dental device back into your mouth. It should have a clean feel to it.
Do not cut corners and soak your dental mouthpiece in mouthwash to kill germs and to disinfect it. Mouthwash has a different purpose to it and most of these products have a color pigment to them. The resin material of the clear braces may end up with color from the wash which could cause the retainers to become tinted. Your braces will not look so clear after this so avoid using mouth rinse to soak your appliances. It is important that you clean these devices every time that you brush your teeth.