Invisalign is an orthodontic aligner which is made of clear plastic. For several years, braces were considered to be the only dental appliances capable of straightening misaligned or 'crooked' teeth. But, in recent years, Invisalign has created a revolution in the way malocclusion can be treated.
Invisalign is made from shape-memory thermoplastic material and is transparent, unlike braces, which are clearly visible. Also, the fact that they are removable makes it very important to take excellent care of them. So, the best results are obtained with Invisalign when you take proper care of them, and here are some of the ways by which you can make sure your aligners remain in good shape.
Avoid eating food while wearing Invisalign: It is always advisable to remove your aligners before eating food to avoid the food particles from getting stuck between the teeth and the aligners. It could cause discomfort, cavities, staining, or even change in the shape of the aligner.
Remove the aligner while drinking hot beverages: Since the aligners are made from plastic resin, there is a good chance that they could distort when they come in contact with hot fluids. This would make the aligners ineffective as a change in their shape could cause variable pressure on the teeth. Also, the aligners could get stained, and the sugar in the beverages could deposit on the teeth, causing plaque.
Clean the aligners regularly: Our mouths are subjected to millions of microbes, and the same bacteria will be deposited on the aligners as well. Hence, it is important to clean them regularly to get rid of all the deposited microbes. There are solutions dedicated to cleaning Invisalign, and only they must be used. Using solutions containing harsh chemicals can damage the aligners, and hence, should be avoided.
Store the aligners in a safe, cool, and dry place: When you're not using the aligners, they must be stored safely in a dry place to avoid any damage. This also helps prevent them from getting lost and keeping them away from children and pets.
Avoid soaking your aligners in mouthwash: Mouthwashes usually contain a coloring pigment that could stain your aligners if you soak them. Hence, it is better to avoid it.
Avoid chewing gum while wearing Invisalign: Your dentist would advise you to avoid chewing gum while wearing your aligners. The reason being that it could damage them.
In addition to these, your dentist may give you a few more tips on how to take good care of your aligners. Following them would increase the effectiveness of your Invisalign and give you a better smile.
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