How to Care for Invisalign® Braces

Invisalign Dentists Grand Rapids, MI

Invisalign Dentists Grand Rapids, MIInvisalign® are nearly invisible aligners that straighten teeth in as little as 12 to 18 months. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of crooked teeth, request a consultation with one of our Grand Rapids, MI Invisalign dentists.

During your consultation, we’ll be able to discuss whether Invisalign is the right choice for your smile. Please contact our dental office to learn more about Invisalign.

Continue reading to learn how to care for Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign Take Home Instructions

We recommend using the Invisalign cleaning system to clean your aligners, which uses crystals to remove plaque in about 15 minutes. You may also brush your aligners with toothpaste under lukewarm water.

Follow our list of Invisalign take home instructions below.

  • Brush and floss after meals.
  • Avoid staining drinks.
  • Store clear aligners in their case.
  • Wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.

Brush and Floss after Meals

Brush and floss your teeth after eating to avoid staining yourclear aligners. While this may seem like an inconvenience, it’s better than allowing your aligners to get yellow and smelly. Food particles left behind in your Invisalign braces will give you bad breath and the incentive to take better care of your smile during orthodontic treatment.

Avoid Staining Drinks

Certain drinks like coffee and red wine will stain clear aligners, not to mention your teeth. If you can’t survive without your morning cup of coffee, we recommend removing your aligners before drinking. Once you’re done drinking coffee, brush your teeth to avoid staining your aligners. While this may seem extreme, it’s important that you keep your aligners clean and free of bacteria.

Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign is subtle enough to go unnoticed by family members, friends, and co-workers. However, there’s no point in wearing Invisalign if you let them get yellow over time. Our Invisalign dentists can give you more tips for how to adopt a healthy oral hygiene routine during clear aligner treatment.

Store Clear Aligners in Their Case

When your aligners aren’t in your mouth, they should be resting in the case our dentists gave you. When you take out your teeth aligners to eat, make sure that you place the aligners in their special case and not in a napkin.

Too many patients have accidentally thrown out their aligners because they were wrapped in napkins or sitting on lunch trays. Don’t let this be you. No one wants to dig through a public trash can because they threw out theirInvisalign braces.

Clear aligners are custom-made to fit the contours of your teeth and gums. However, you could risk crushing or bending your aligners out of shape if you store them in your pocket, purse, or anywhere else besides their case.

Wear Your Aligners

One of the safest places for your aligners is in your mouth. In order for Invisalign to work, you need to wear your clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. You should only remove your clear aligners when you need to eat or brush your teeth. Otherwise, your teeth won’t move according to schedule.

When you get a new set of aligners from our dentists, you’ll feel pressure on your teeth for the first few days. This pressure is a sign that the aligners are moving your teeth into optimal alignment. For the pain, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin.

Our cosmetic dentists offer Invisalign braces to help you straighten teeth and achieve your dream smile. To request an appointment with one of our Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, MI, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.