4 Tips on How to Properly Care for Your Invisible BracesPublished by Cashion Dental on March 23, 2015
Using a series of clear, see-through aligners, invisible braces help you straighten your teeth without having to resort to bulky traditional metal braces.
Properly caring for your aligners is essential to your dental care with see-through braces. If you are considering these braces, here is a look at some of the things you will have to do to make sure you are properly caring for your braces.
Cleaning the Aligners
The aligners are just like your natural teeth, they will need to be properly cleaned from time to time to prevent them from staining. Unfortunately, you cannot clean the aligners when you have them in your mouth.
To properly clean the aligners of your invisible braces, you must first remove them from your mouth. After the aligners have been removed, you will use a gentle soft bristled toothbrush and cool, room temperature water to remove any food particles or stains.
Occasionally, cleaning the aligners with warm water and a toothbrush will not be enough to remove all the stains. If this should happen, you could use the included cleaner. The aligners will soak for several minutes in the cleaner. After the aligners have soaked, the stains should disappear.
Rinse the Aligners After Eating and Drinking
One of the benefits of using the aligners as a form of braces is that you have fewer restrictions when it comes to what you can and cannot eat. It is important that after you eat or drink anything, you rinse the aligners in warm water. This will remove any food particles that may have gotten stuck on the aligners while you were eating.
Keep the Aligners in Their Case
Dentists, like those at Cashion Dental, recommend that you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. When you are not wearing the aligners, it is important to properly store your aligners in their case. This will prevent them from getting damaged when not in use.
Keep the Aligners in a Place that is Room Temperature
The temperature of the room and area you store your aligners is important. If you store the aligners in a place that is warmer than the temperature of your mouth, you could cause the aligners to melt and/or change shape.
When this happens, the aligners are unable to do their job of properly straighten your teeth and you may need to buy a replacement aligner. The cost of a single replacement aligner can range from $150 to $300.
It is important to properly care for the series of aligners that make up your invisible braces. Cashion Dental, which offers dental services such as braces and same day crowns to the College Station community, can help. We will provide you with proper instructions and guidance you need to make sure you are properly caring for your aligner set.