Invisalign is probably the most popular way of straightening teeth. These nearly invisible braces eliminate the need for surgery or metal braces. You can get invisalign aligners that are custom-made for you to suit your lifestyle and transform your smile without affecting your social life. Though these braces are removed when eating, food particles may still get stuck on them when they are put back on your teeth. Regular cleaning of invisalign aligners is therefore required. Cleaning invisalign the right way is one sure way of proper maintenance and an assurance of better dental health.

5 simple steps to clean your invisalign

1. By following the instructions provided by your orthodontist, remove the invisalign aligners from your teeth every time you are brushing your teeth. Remove the trays starting with the back molars. Removing invisalign and cleaning them separately ensures that all problem spots are cleaned.

2. Put toothpaste on a soft toothbrush and brush the aligners gently. Many people prefer using baby brush as some toothbrushes for mature people can scratch the surface of invisalign aligners. By gently going back and forth, make sure you have removed any food particles on either side of the entire set.

3. Rinse the aligners thoroughly with water. The water should be lukewarm. Too hot water can bend the aligners. Running a steady stream of water over the aligners removes all toothpaste that is left after brushing. To clean the aligners even more thoroughly, use the invisalign cleaning system that has been made specially for your invisalign. It contains cleaning crystals which help to kill bacteria and remove build-up of plaque. You can purchase the cleaning system at your orthodontist’s, over-the-counter or online.

4. Place the invisalign aligners on a towel to dry. As they dry, make sure you brush your teeth as it makes no point putting aligners back on unbrushed teeth. Make sure the aligners are completely dry before putting them back into your mouth. It is recommended that you use an antimicrobial mouthwash when wearing the aligners as they can increase microbial activities in the mouth.

5. Putting the aligners back on should be simple when you follow the provided instructions. Place trays in starting with the front of your mouth, then to the back molars. You just need to be gentle as you slowly put the set into its right place.

What to avoid when cleaning invisalign

– Hard bristle brushes may scratch your aligners. This is the main reason behind orthodontists recommending baby toothbrushes.

– Dental tablets should not be used regularly on invisalign as they can make aligners look yellowish.

– Do not soak aligners in mouthwash. Cleaning them thoroughly and regularly with a soft toothbrush is enough to keep them clean and bacteria-free.

It is advisable to exchange invisalign aligners after two weeks (unless otherwise directed) and make sure trays are kept in clean plastic bags. With properly cared for invisalign, you are not only sure of a better look of your teeth, but also an improved long-term dental health. Choosing a reliable professional orthodontist is very important as you will have a chance of getting useful tips on cleaning and general maintenance of your aligners.