Last week, you may remember, Dr. Greenberg and team blogged about the power and effectiveness of Invisalign, and today thought we’d share a few helpful Invisalign tips. Many people know that Invisalign is a great solution to braces if you don’t want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care to work effectively. Good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are wearing something in your mouth that you can take out to eat with. It’s still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. When wearing your Invisalign aligners, ask yourself the following questions:
1.) Am I eating with my aligners on? – These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.
2.) Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? – Though it’s not a necessity for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky a soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.
3.) Am I brushing before putting the trays on? – The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also easy: just make sure you’ve brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.
These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits.
—Dr. Vickie Greenberg, Adult and Child Orthodontics in the Pasadena, CA area