caring for invisalign

How to care for your Invisalign Aligners

caring for invisalignThousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

Using clear plastic aligners as a means of orthodontic treatment is more popular than ever. People prefer these clear aligners because they are more discreet than traditional braces. They also can be removed from the mouth, and will not irritate the mouth and gums the same way that braces can with their brackets and wires. However, using plastic aligners to straighten your teeth still has certain risks. If you are using Invisalign in Agoura Hills to straighten your teeth, follow this program of care for your clear aligners, as provided by Integrative Dental Arts.

You should clean your aligners as often as you clean your teeth 

Bacteria and plaque, the building blocks of tooth decay and gum disease, can accumulate on your plastic aligners as easily as they do on your teeth. That means they have to be cleaned; do so by brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse thoroughly, and then return them into your mouth. Remember that one of the great advantages of clear plastic aligners like Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed when you perform oral hygiene, making it easy and simple to clean your teeth and your aligners.

Don’t eat or drink any hot foods and beverages while wearing your aligners 

Your aligners also can be removed when you eat, and you definitely should do this before drinking anything hot. The aligners used as part of the Invisalign system are constructed of a plastic resin, and thus can be warped or distorted by excessive heat. 

Use your case when the aligners are not in your mouth 

Although Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day to make sure the treatment succeeds, you can remove them when you eat, or to brush and floss your teeth. Whenever you are not wearing your aligners, store them in the case that is provided to you. This case keeps your aligners clean, and also helps make sure you will not misplace them.

Invisalign in Westlake Village

Integrative Dental Arts is proud to offer the Invisalign system to straighten teeth with the discretion and convenience of clear plastic aligners. Receiving the Invisalign system starts by having a consultation with one of our Agoura Hills dentists. Offering Invisalign also is part of our commitment to metal-free dentistry. Dr. Kathleen Carson or Dr. Markiewicz assess your smile and discuss the treatment with you, also evaluating your past health history to make sure there are no oral health issues that could complicate the procedure or other pre-existing conditions that could prove problematic. You will wear each set of aligners for a few weeks, then switch out for a new set as the aligners apply consistent, gentle pressure to guide your teeth into their ideal straight alignment.

To learn more about Invisalign, schedule your consultation today by calling our office at (818) 889-0400.

The office of Integrative Dental Arts is proud to offer orthodontic treatment via Invisalign for our patients in the areas of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in southern California.