Your Invisalign Daily Routine: Cleaning and Wearing

Your Invisalign Daily Routine: Cleaning and Wearing

Invisalign aligners are the prettier and more comfortable option in comparison to standard braces – however, while they are much less intrusive than their metal counterpart they still require you to consider them when going about your day to day tasks. Trust me, planning your Invisalign daily routine will be a godsend for your teeth and smile. 

Whatever daily or cleaning routine you may have currently in place, you may have to make slight adjustments to compensate for your Invisalign treatment. 

 

Your Invisalign daily routine

It’s not always easy to stick consistently to your daily routine, however, when wearing and handling your aligners it is very important to be thorough and careful. 

Invisalign can and will gradually shift your teeth into place if you follow the proper instructions if you incorporating Invisalign into your daily routine.

 

Wearing and taking the proper care of your aligners

Always remember to:

 

  • Wear your aligners per your dentist’s instructions, this should be for 22 hours per day. Any less and you can risk your teeth reverting back.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling your aligners.
  • Handle only ONE aligner at a time. Whilst it may seem like a time-saver to insert and clean both aligners at once, you risk cracking your aligners.
  • This probably goes without saying but like you would a piece of fruit from the supermarket, rinse your aligners when removing them from the packaging. 


Aligner insertion

Inserting your aligners may seem like a simple task, but without the proper care and technique, you risk damaging your invisible companions.

 

    1.  Make sure you have the correct aligner – the upper for your top teeth and the lower for your bottom teeth.
    2. Each aligner is engraved with your case number, a “U” for upper and an “L” for lower, followed by the aligner number. This can help you distinguish between the two if you’re struggling.
    3. You can insert either the upper or lower aligner first, whatever your preference. When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over your front teeth. Then apply equal pressure, using your fingertips, to the tops of your back teeth until the aligner snaps into place.
    4. Do NOT bite your aligners into position. As previously mentioned this may cause damage to your aligners.

 

Note: If you experience sharp pain or significant discomfort, discontinue the use of the aligners and contact your dentist.

 

Aligner removal

Similar to inserting your aligners, it is essential that you take your time and be careful when removing them as well. But on the bright side, once you get the hang of it, it’ll seem as natural as riding a bicycle.

 

    1. On one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligners from your molars.
    2. Repeat this process on the other side of your mouth before trying to completely remove the aligner.
    3. Once the aligner is disengaged from the molars on both sides of your mouth, you should be able to slowly work your way forward gently prying the aligner away from your teeth with your fingertips.

 

DO NOT REMOVE ONE SIDE AND PULL TO REMOVE THE REST AS THIS MAY DAMAGE THE ALIGNER.

Advice:

  • Once removed, rinse the aligner with water, shake off excess water, and store your aligners in the protective case provided with your starter kit.
  • Take care of removing your aligners, especially if multiple attachments are being used.
  • Do not force, bend or twist the aligner to get it out.
  • Do NOT use any sharp objects to remove your aligners.
  • Consult with your dentist if your aligners are extremely difficult to remove.

 

Your Invisalign cleaning routine

Nobody has the answers to a perfect daily routine or cleaning routine, everyone is different and works in different ways. Nevertheless, it’s vital that you take the proper care of your aligners, otherwise your risk discolouration and a build-up of bacteria (not nice).

If you have any specific queries relating to your Invisalign treatment we would recommend the official Invisalign FAQ section for further advice and tips.


cleaning routine toothbrush

 

Cleaning and caring for your Invisalign retainers

 

  • Clean your aligners prior to putting them in. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with water and a small amount of liquid soap (fairy liquid). You may find it easier to clean the outside of your aligners by brushing them while they are still on your teeth, then remove your aligners to clean the inside surfaces.

 

Note: Be sure to rinse each aligner thoroughly with water after each cleaning. We also recommend that you use RetainerBrite once per week or as needed.

 

  • Do NOT use denture cleaners to clean aligners. Do NOT soak them in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the aligner, causing it to become dull and more visible.

 

Proper oral hygiene

These points are not by any means a definitive list of all the oral hygiene tips, if you’d like more information about oral health please read our article.

 

    1. Remove your aligners for eating and drinking. (You do not need to remove your aligners to drink cool water.)
    2. Brush and clean between your teeth after each meal or snack prior to reinserting your aligners.
    3. If you have any questions regarding hygiene techniques, please contact the practice.
    4. Regular dental check-ups and cleaning are still recommended throughout your treatment.

 

Storing your Invisalign aligners

As previously mentioned you should be wearing your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day to see positive results, so realistically you should only be storing for your aligners for a maximum of two hours a day. This may be to brush your teeth, eat or drink, etc.

Your starter kit provides you with an Invisalign aligner case, which we recommend you use to store your aligners in when they are not in your mouth. This will help protect them from loss and damage.

If your current aligner is lost or broken, your dentist may recommend that you temporarily go back one stage and use the previous aligners while a replacement is being made.

Note: Keep all of your older aligners in a clean plastic bag or a bag your last aligner came out of. Also, keep them out of reach of small children and pets. 

 

Treatment and advice

If you’re considering the Invisalign treatment and looking for a straighter smile, or are already part-way through and are looking for advice, then please give us a call on 01709 917 666 and book your FREE Invisalign consultation as part of our Assessment Day on the 7th March 2020.

Alternatively, if you’re situated in South Yorkshire, Rotherham, Sheffield, Worksop and surrounding areas give us a call on 01709 917666 to discuss becoming a patient.

See More Invisalign Resources

Benefits of Using Invisalign Braces 

Invisalign FAQ’s

Are Invisalign or Braces Better?

South Yorkshire Invisalign Case Study

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