It is something that is more common with fixed braces but also needs to be considered when wearing and using aligners; your oral hygiene.
Indeed, if you type into Google “poorly maintained teeth braces,” you will see people who have undergone orthodontic treatment, only to then have their braces removed and have extensive decay. Not great!
Of course, as aligners are removable, it is avoidable. But maintaining good oral hygiene when using invisible aligners is crucial for ensuring a healthy and successful treatment, so when you can get rid of that last aligner, your smile is bright, white and healthy!
So, here are five crucial tips to help you keep your teeth and Invisalign London clean.
Brush thoroughly and frequently
You must brush your teeth thoroughly and frequently, especially after meals and snacks, as food debris can get stuck between your teeth and aligners. Use a small soft-bristled toothbrush and a high-fluoride toothpaste if you are at work, and pay special attention to the areas around your aligners. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, and consider using an interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach areas.
Clean your aligners regularly
Cleaning your aligners regularly is just as important as cleaning your teeth. They are easy to care for, as you simply rinse your aligners with cool water every time you remove them and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste or aligner cleaner. Avoid using hot water or toothpaste, which can damage or discolour your aligners. Always store your aligners in the case that they came in when they are not in use, and avoid exposing them to extreme heat or cold.
Avoid eating or drinking with them in
Eating or drinking with your aligners can lead to staining, decay, or damage to your aligners. You need to remove your aligners when you are going to eat or drink unless the drink is water. Also, do not eat anything sticky like toffee, and if you do, make sure it is removed from your teeth before you wear your aligners.
Don’t forget to floss
Flossing is an integral part of maintaining a high level of oral hygiene, even when you’re wearing aligners. Use floss, dental tape or an interdental brush to clean between your teeth and under your aligners, and be gentle to avoid damaging your aligners or gums. Floss at least once each day before brushing your teeth to remove any food particles or plaque your toothbrush may have missed. Remember, flossing cleans that hidden 40% of each tooth, so if you want to remain cavity-free and reduce the chances of gum disease, flossing is the way to go about it!
Visit your dentist regularly
Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining oral health, and they are especially important when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Your dentist can monitor your progress, ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, and provide advice on improving your dental hygiene. Be sure you schedule regular appointments with your dentist and inform them if you experience discomfort or problems with your aligners.