June 27, 2019
You know Invisalign in Chesapeake can give you a straightened smile without all the hassle of metal and brackets like traditional braces. You’re curious about what life’s going to be like with your practically clear aligners though, and if you’ll have to adjust your day-to-day routine. Getting the most out of your treatment means taking proper care of your trays and keeping up with your oral hygiene. Read on for 3 tips while you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment.
Foods To Avoid
One of the best benefits about Invisalign aligners is that they’re removable, so when you go to eat, all you need to do is take them out so you don’t damage them. While you can technically eat whatever you’d like as long as your trays aren’t in your mouth, it’s best to avoid certain foods to keep up with your oral hygiene.
Try avoiding sticky sweets and snacks loaded with carbohydrates. These can collect in your mouth and breed more harmful oral bacteria and cause problems like cavities. If you don’t regularly clean your mouth after eating and you put your trays back in, these food particles can transfer to your aligners and cause serious issues. Additionally, try avoiding colored beverages like wine, coffee, and tea. These can stain your aligners and make them look cloudy.
Cleaning Your Trays
To keep your oral health in tip-top shape, it’s important to regularly clean and sanitizes your aligners to prevent bacteria and food buildup. Each morning, clean your trays and teeth of any bacteria that accumulated overnight. Do this before bed, and after each time you eat as well. Try your best to keep saliva and plaque from accumulating on your trays and rinse them every time you take them out to prevent transfer.
You can clean your aligners using a clear anti-bacterial soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush to help remove piled up plaque. Each day, soak your aligners in either a denture cleaner, a special Invisalign cleaning solution, or a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar. This will help sanitize and keep them clear.
Keeping Up With Your Oral Health
The great thing about Invisalign aligners is that, because they’re removable, you won’t have to worry about navigating between wires and brackets to clean your teeth. Every time you take out your aligners to drink or eat, be sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting them back in. When you place your trays in your mouth with food particles still lodged on and between your teeth, it will trap them between your gums and aligners and cause oral health problems like cavities.
The best part about Invisalign treatment is that you won’t have to deal with the cumbersome look and feel of metal and brackets. Remember that just because your trays are made of a flexible and durable material doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. If you have questions during your treatment, be sure to contact your cosmetic dentist in Chesapeake. Keeping up with your hygiene and mouth will ensure a healthy and beautiful smile after you complete your treatment!
About the Author
Dr. Charito Mangaya-Estrada has been giving patients cosmetically improved and healthy smiles in Chesapeake since 1992. With her hundreds of hours of continuing education, she’s able to provide her patients with the highest quality of treatment. She focuses on utilizing the most advanced dental technology such as CAD-CAM dentistry and 3D imaging to give patients beautiful results. For questions or to schedule a consultation for Invisalign treatment, visit her website or contact 757-548-1611.
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