If you’re looking to get your teeth straightened as an alternative to metal or ceramic braces, then getting invisible braces at Geelong could be a suitable solution for you. This treatment, known as Invisalign, uses custom-made clear transparent aligners to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth.
As one of the options for orthodontics at Geelong, the Invisalign method improves your bite and straightens your teeth by providing you with a series of removable aligners to be worn throughout the day.
As you need to wear these aligners for 20-22 hours a day, you must take good care of them to maintain your oral health and maintain the hygiene of these invisible braces. Thankfully, taking care of your Invisalign is easy – just follow the tips below.
Remove your aligners before eating
Although this may seem obvious, it can be easy to forget that you have these transparent acrylic braces on your teeth. Remove your aligners before eating to avoid damaging them while chewing food. Certain beverages such as red wine, coffee and tea can also stain your invisible braces, so remove them before consuming such drinks.
Rinse your aligners each time you remove them
There are a lot of bacteria in the mouth that can quickly transfer onto aligners. It is important that you rinse your aligners with water each time you remove them, especially before fitting them back onto your teeth. When rinsing your aligners, it is essential to avoid using hot water as the aligners can expand or contract when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Clean your aligners
One of the reasons for choosing the Invisalign treatment is that they are hardly noticeable. However, if not cleaned thoroughly, your aligners will become stained and discoloured, which can render them visible and unaesthetic. They can also cause bad breath and other oral issues if not appropriately cleaned due to bacteria buildup.
It is recommended that you clean your aligners twice daily, usually around the time that you brush your teeth.
You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your aligners with soft strokes to clean them thoroughly without scratching and damaging them.
You can also use denture cleansing tablets to clean your invisible braces. Just add a tablet into a cup of water – once dissolved, you can soak the aligners in the solution for about 20 minutes. Do this once a day to ensure that your invisible braces stay clean and fresh.
Store your aligners carefully
Because these invisible braces are both removable and transparent, they can be misplaced if not stored carefully in the provided aligner case. Although aligners are durable, they can crack if not handled with care, causing delays in your treatment progress. It is best to keep your aligner case with you to ensure that you can safely store your invisible braces away each time you remove them.
Establish an oral care routine
Your oral health habits are just as important as keeping your Invisalign aligners clean. Ensure that you floss and brush your teeth before wearing your invisible braces to prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay. It is good to keep floss with you to clean your teeth after each meal, especially when brushing is not possible. Besides flossing and brushing at least twice a day, get your teeth cleaned professionally at your local dental clinic in Geelong.
Follow directions of use. Consultation is required for further assessment. The contents of this post do not substitute professional dental advice. For Invisalign treatment, recovery process and risk assessments, visit https://www.geelongwestdental.com.au/orthodontics/
If you are interested to know more about these invisible braces and whether they could be a suitable solution for you, get in touch with us at Geelong West Dental clinic. Our friendly and helpful experts on orthodontics are more than happy to answer your questions and provide more information on individualised treatment plans. Reach out to us to make an enquiry today.