Patients who want to straighten crooked teeth can find cosmetic enhancement with Invisalign. These clear plastic aligners are switched out every two weeks to give you a straighter, more beautiful smile.
Many patients appreciate that it is easier to complete their oral hygiene routine with Invisalign than with traditional orthodontics. But it is important to clean your dental fixtures as well as your teeth and gums. Dr. Brenda Paulen, a dentist practicing in Sandy Springs, GA, offers tips for keeping your smile and aligners clean during Invisalign treatment.
Remove Aligners While Eating and Drinking
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign teeth straightening treatment features plastic aligners that a patient can remove from their mouth. Though they should be worn for 22 hours each day for optimal results, the aligners can be taken out while a patient eats or drinks.
In fact, dentists recommend removing Invisalign while consuming substances to prevent staining and preserve the structure of the aligners. Food particles will not build up on the fixtures this way, and you can have a cleaner eating experience.
Continue Good Oral Hygiene Habits
You should also remove Invisalign aligners to complete your usual oral hygiene routine. During your treatment, you should continue to brush your teeth twice per day and floss daily.
Maintaining good oral hygiene prevents cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. This means that your smile can remain in its peak condition and will respond optimally to cosmetic enhancement.
Rinse and Brush Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign aligners will not be at risk of decay like your teeth, but they can still garner plaque throughout the day. Natural bacteria in your mouth can create a film of plaque on your Invisalign aligners which can harm your dental health even when you practice your usual oral hygiene regimen.
You should also brush and rinse your aligners to get rid of this plaque. This will prevent the aligners from yellowing or staining and will ensure your mouth remains clean. This can help you avoid forming unpleasant conditions like bad breath as well.
Invisalign and More Cosmetic Dentistry in Sandy Springs, GA
Proud Smiles offers Invisalign and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Sandy Springs, GA. Dr. Paulen also specializes in implant, restorative, and general dentistry, including preventative dental care. To schedule a consultation or appointment with our practice, contact us online or reach our office by phone at 404.418.7734.