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Invisalign Maintenance: How To Care For Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign is a popular option for people who want to create a more attractive smile — and a healthier set of teeth.

Because they’re custom-fitted, Invisalign clear aligners make it that much easier to change the position of your teeth. Benefits like fewer dental visits as compared to traditional braces are popular, too.

Invisalign aligners are easy to maintain, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore things like regular rinsings and cleanings. Keep reading to find helpful tips for keeping your aligners in the best shape possible, so you can have a more brilliant smile.

What is Invisalign? 

Invisalign works by using a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually shift teeth into the desired position. The aligners are removable and must be changed every 1-2 weeks as the teeth move. Invisalign is popular because the aligners are nearly invisible and don't require metal wires or brackets. They're also more comfortable than traditional braces and allow for easier oral hygiene. Invisalign is a good alternative to traditional braces because they are removable, making it easier to eat, brush, and floss. They're also less noticeable, making them a more appealing option for people who are self-conscious about their appearance. Additionally, Invisalign treatment typically takes less time than traditional braces.

Invisalign dentist showing how to care for invisalign

How to Clean and Care for Invisalign Clear Aligners: Maintenance Tips

So you’ve taken the first step to getting your dream smile and got Invisalign. Amazing!  But, WHAT NOW?  Like any other journey, it's important to keep up with maintenance to ensure your smile is shining bright. 

Here are our top 5 Invisalign care tips for getting the most out of your aligners:

1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness — so keep your aligners clean! 

Make sure to rinse your aligners with warm water every time you take them out, and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and some toothpaste. But remember, don’t use hot water as it can warp the plastic and avoid using colored or scented toothpaste as it can discolor or damage the aligners!

2. Don’t be a foodie with your aligners in

WE GET IT!! How can you live in Chicago and NOT be a foodie? But while it's tempting to snack with your aligners in, remember that food particles can get trapped in them, leading to discoloration and potential tooth decay. So, take them out before eating or drinking anything other than water. And if you absolutely must eat or drink with them in, make sure to rinse them with water afterward. 

3. Wear your aligners like they're about to go out of style!

Who says aligners can't be a fashion statement? Nothing beats consistency when it comes to your aligners. This typically means wearing them for at least 22 hours a day, removing them only for eating and brushing. Skipping or shortening your aligner wear time can delay your progress and result in longer treatment time, and nobody wants that! 

4. Store your aligners properly!

You know that really cute case you got from us when you first received your aligners? USE IT!! Store them in their case when you're not using them. We know it can be tempting to just throw them into a napkin during dinner but the last thing we want is for your aligners to get thrown away with the dishes! 

5. Don’t skip out on your appointments!

We know life can be a little hectic sometimes, but attending all of your scheduled appointments is crucial for getting the most out of your Invisalign journey. These appointments help your orthodontist track your progress and make any necessary adjustments. So don’t forget to “add to calendar”!

Invisalign maintenance doesn't have to be boring. By followings these simple tips, you'll be on your way to a dazzling smile in no time!

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