How to Ensure a Successful Treatment
Since they’re removable, Invisalign makes it easy to care for your aligners. However, it’s still crucial to keep a few things in mind if you want to avoid setting back your treatment.
Explore our guide to learn some helpful tips from Dr. Grussmark on maintaining your aligners.
One major drawback of traditional braces is that the metal wires prevent you from enjoying certain foods. They also offer an easy trap for food crumbs and other bacteria, making it difficult to keep your braces clean.
Invisalign aligners are removable so you can take them out before meals, allowing you to eat and drink without restrictions. You also won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your aligners.
In order for your treatment to succeed, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy three meals a day, though you’ll need to refrain from too much snacking.
While you may need to adjust your habits a little at first, you’ll find that eating with Invisalign is easy and convenient.
Cleaning Your Aligners
To maintain your aligners, remove and clean them every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. You can clean the aligners by soaking them or lightly brushing them with a mild soap. It’s also crucial to brush your teeth after meals before putting your aligners back in.
For the best results, we recommend the Invisalign Cleaning System. Simply place your aligners in a case filled with warm water and customized cleaning crystals, then gently shake the case for 20 seconds. After letting your aligners soak for 15 minutes, gently shake the case for another 20 seconds and rinse them off to complete the process.
Unfortunately, some patients don’t follow instructions and end up damaging their aligners as a result. To help you prevent this from occurring, we’ve listed some common mistakes below:
- Don’t eat or drink with your aligners in (except water)
- Don’t use toothpaste, mouthwash, or any rough or colored soap on your aligners
- Don’t remove your aligners for more than 4 hours per day
- Don’t put your aligners back in after meals until you’ve brushed your teeth
- Don’t leave your aligners in the open when you’re not wearing them
Ask Dr. Grussmark for Invisalign Care Tips
If you follow the tips we’ve listed above, you’ll achieve the spectacular results you expect without any issues. Call our office in Brickell at 786-563-4973 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark today.