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Best Practices for Cleaning Invisalign Trays

4 Jun 2015

Best Practices for Cleaning Invisalign Trays

Never Worry about your Trays Again with These Tips from Ottawa Dentists

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign comes with a pretty big list of advantages over other methods. For one, you are free from the typical brackets, allowing you to show off the progress of your smile with these nearly invisible aligners at every step along the way. They are also conveniently removable, so that you can eat all the things you love without running into any unusual problems. And this leads us directly to their most beneficial feature – keeping on top of dental hygiene is easier than it would be with traditional braces.

However, your dentist in Ottawa will be quick to point out that if you don’t take advantage of these features, you can actually create entire new problems. Bacteria buildup on your aligner trays can cause serious harm to your teeth, and the best way to fight this is to clean them thoroughly every day.

The easiest way to clean your Invisalign trays daily is with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your Ottawa dentist may recommend you set aside an individual toothbrush just for this purpose – a toddler toothbrush will work particularly well as it is small enough to fit on the inside, and the bristles are soft enough for an infant’s teeth and gums.

With your tray removed from your mouth, gently but thoroughly brush the inside and outside of it, paying especially close attention to food particles, plaque buildup, and any other residue that may accumulate on the tray. You can brush it either with a small amount of toothpaste, or with a mild dish detergent.

After you have brushed your aligners, thoroughly rinse them under lukewarm water (be sure that the water is not too hot, or it may melt or warp the aligner). Then let them air dry on a clean towel before reinserting them.
While your Invisalign dries, this is a perfect time to clean your teeth; otherwise, when you reinsert the trays, you will just make them dirty again right away. Brush your teeth and be sure to floss. Although flossing is always recommended, it’s even more important now, as bacteria hiding between your teeth can affect the quality of your aligners. When your teeth are clean and your trays are dry, reinsert them until your next meal. Be sure to repeat this process at least once a day until your treatment is ended.

This is not the only way to clean your aligner trays. Some people opt to use a sonic cleaning device, or soak their trays in a cleaning solution (either premade or made at home with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar). If you’re curious about which cleaning method is best for cleaning your Invisalign trays, speak to your dentist in Ottawa before you proceed.

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