Invisalign is a relatively low-maintenance way to straighten your teeth—instead of obtrusive metal brackets and unwieldy rubber bands, you’ll have only a clear tray that fits over your teeth to gently guide them into position. But what can’t you do with Invisalign? Below, we’ll discuss some of the do’s and don’ts of this unique and innovative orthodontic treatment.
Caring for Invisalign: Do’s
When you’re caring for Invisalign, it’s important to know what things to avoid and how you may need to modify your normal routine.
- Eat and drink. Though you’re free to eat whatever you want during your Invisalign treatment—including crunchy and gooey foods—you’ll want to take out your Invisalign retainers before eating or drinking, particularly when drinking dark fluids that could stain your aligner tray. And it’s always important to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before placing your Invisalign tray back in your mouth.
- Care for your teeth. Because your Invisalign tray is designed to be removed when you’re eating or drinking, it can also be removed to allow you to take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can be difficult for those with traditional metal braces, potentially putting your new orthodontia at risk of cavities. With Invisalign, the ability to quickly and easily remove your trays ensures that you can keep your teeth in top shape.
Similar to the list of can-do’s, caring for Invisalign don’ts largely involves avoiding damaging and discoloring the aligners.
Caring for Invisalign: Don’ts
There are a few things your orthodontist will caution you against doing while you’re wearing Invisalign aligners.
- Leaving your aligners in while eating or drinking. Since each set of aligners will be worn for at least a week or two, staining it with coffee, red wine, or tomato-based foods can mean walking around with reddish or yellowish teeth for a while. Since it can be tough to determine exactly what will stain your aligners (and how much it will stain), removing the aligners whenever you eat or drink is the safest bet.
- Cleaning your aligners with toothpaste. Most brands of toothpaste have small abrasive particles that can damage and discolor your aligners. Instead, rinse them thoroughly with water and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and no toothpaste.
- Smoking. Not only is smoking bad for your dental health in general, but it can also discolor and damage your Invisalign aligners.
Caring for Invisalign may be less extensive than you think. Contact us to learn more about your options for Invisalign and to get started on your own perfect-smile journey.