Learn About Caring For Your Aligners With Dr. Smith

Getting a bright, beautiful smile is an exciting journey, but maintaining your new look requires dedication. With Invisalign clear aligners from Dr. Charles Smith at Sterling Heights Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI, you can straighten your teeth discreetly. However, these removable plastic trays require special care to keep them — and your teeth — pristine. 

Call (586) 939-5151 today to schedule your free Invisalign consultation. We’re excited to help you fall in love with your smile without the hassle of metal braces!

How to Care For Invisalign

Caring for your Invisalign aligners helps them work effectively while preventing damage, discoloration, and bacterial buildup. Follow these steps to care for your Invisalign trays:

Clean Aligners After Every Meal

Remove and rinse your aligners after eating or drinking anything besides water. Use cool water — never hot — to avoid warping the plastic. Clean the trays with a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste. Avoid abrasive whitening toothpastes, which can scratch the plastic.

Soak Aligners in Cleanser Regularly

Soak aligners in Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture tablets for 15 to 20 minutes at least twice per week. These cleansers kill bacteria and help remove stains for a fresh, minty flavor.

Rinse Thoroughly

After soaking, rinse aligners until the water runs clear. Sticky cleanser residue can irritate your gums.

Store Properly

Keep aligners in their case when not in use. Leaving them out allows bacteria to grow and pets to chew on them!

Care For Your Case

Clean your Invisalign case once a week with soap and water to kill germs and remove any buildup. Let it air dry completely before use.

Oral Health Tips For Invisalign

In addition to aligner care, excellent oral hygiene ensures your smile looks its best during the Invisalign process. Follow these tips:

  • Brush After Meals: Brushing after eating keeps your teeth — and aligners — free of plaque and food debris. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean Your Tongue: Bacteria and food on your tongue can transfer to aligners. Brush or scrape your tongue when brushing your teeth.
  • Floss Daily: Floss at least once daily to remove plaque between teeth and below the gumline. Take care not to tear the floss on the brackets.
  • Avoid Staining Foods: Coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries or sauces can stain your aligners. Either avoid these foods or clean aligners promptly after consuming them.
  • Use Prescribed Rinses: Use any antibacterial rinses or fluoride treatments prescribed by Dr. Smith to boost your oral health during treatment.
  • See the Dentist: Visit our Sterling Heights dentist as recommended for cleanings and checkups. This ensures your teeth and gums stay healthy during alignment.

Other Clear Aligner Maintenance Tips

In addition to daily aligner care, these tips will keep your clear braces in great shape:

  • Protect From Heat: Never boil aligners — this can warp the plastic. Also, avoid leaving them near hot appliances or in direct sunlight inside a parked car.
  • Keep Pets Away: Pets love the smell and taste of Invisalign aligners. Keep aligners in a case and out of reach when not wearing them.
  • Replace Broken Hardware: If an attachment falls off or your wire ties break, contact Dr. Smith’s office immediately for repair. Don’t wait until your next visit.
  • Care For Retainers Too: After treatment, clean and store your retainers just like your aligners to keep them clear and sanitary.
  • Consider Insurance: Dental insurance can offset the cost of replacement aligners if any get damaged. Speak to your dental office about your plan’s coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Achieve a Picture-Perfect Smile

Caring for your Invisalign aligners takes dedication, but it leads to the healthy, straight smile you’ve always wanted. By partnering with Dr. Charles Smith at Sterling Heights Dentistry, you gain access to an Invisalign provider with the training and experience to guide your progress. 

With excellent oral hygiene and aligner maintenance, you can feel confident in your new smile. Contact Dr. Smith today at (586) 939-5151 to get started with your Invisalign journey!