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Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays

You’ve been through your consultation, completed your 3D imaging, and now you have your Invisalign® trays in hand. No doubt, all of your thoughts are focused on getting your new smile. 

But before you lose yourself in your future look, we here at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, including our esteemed Invisalign expert Amanda Darling, DDS, want to share some tips on how to take care of your Invisalign trays. The last thing we want is for your new smile to be delayed due to problems with your aligners.

What’s so special about Invisalign?

When it comes to straightening your teeth quickly and with discretion, Invisalign is the clear winner, as more than 6 million people can attest. The secret lies in your Invisalign trays. 

The clear aligners are made from a patented thermoplastic referred to as SmartTrack®. This special material hugs your teeth and uses gentle force to move them into the desired position. SmartTrack is the reason Invisalign works so quickly. Unlike traditional braces, which can take up to three years to move your teeth into position, Invisalign can have you showing off your new, straighter, more perfect smile in 12-18 months.

While we can provide you with all the tools and trays you need to get your new smile, taking care of your Invisalign trays ensures that you get your results as quickly as promised.  

Caring for your Invisalign trays

You don’t have to put in a lot of effort to keep your Invisalign trays clean, clear, and odor-free. The best and easiest way to care for your Invisalign trays is to use the Invisalign cleaning system. Then there’s no doubt whatsoever that you’re going to get the best possible results.

This system consists of a cleaning tub and crystals. To keep your Invisalign trays clean, place your Invisalign tray in the cleaning tub and fill with lukewarm water, add a packet of the cleaning crystals, and gently agitate the mixture. Place the cover on the cleaning tub, and let your Invisalign tray soak for at least 15 minutes. Shake the container one last time before you open the cleaning tub, then remove your tray, and rinse it under running lukewarm water.

The best time to clean your Invisalign trays with the cleaning system may be when you’re eating. That way, you won’t have any problems making sure you get the recommended 22 hours of wearing time. 

You can also clean your Invisalign trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste. To keep your aligners clean, clear, and odor-free, brush them before you place them back in your mouth after you eat.

No matter which method you choose, DO NOT use hot water when cleaning your Invisalign trays. SmartTrack may be strong enough to move your teeth, but hot water can warp the plastic and make the trays ineffective. If you do accidently damage or warp your Invisalign tray, be sure to give us a call so we can order you a replacement set.

Tips for your teeth

One of the many benefits of the Invisalign system is that you can remove the aligners to eat and brush your teeth. This makes it so much easier for you to maintain good oral hygiene while we improve your misalignment. But because of how your Invisalign tray hugs your teeth, you may need to be a bit more diligent about brushing and flossing.

To prevent bacteria growth and cavities, we recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal. This is especially important if you eat or drink something that may stain your teeth, such as pasta sauce or blueberries, because they can stain your trays, too. You lose all of the discretion of your Invisalign treatment if you flash a blue-stained smile. 

When it comes to getting a more perfect smile, Invisalign is a true winner, from its efficiency to its upkeep. If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how the system can transform your smile, call Legacy Dental Care today.

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