If you have chosen to use Invisalign retainers and braces to help with the realignment of your teeth, then you now have in your possession one set of several clear retainers that you will wear over the next coming months. To ensure that these retainers work properly, it is important to take good care of them. This is actually a fairly easy process and one of the advantages of using Invisalign.
The best way to remember to clean your Invisalign retainers is to brush them the same time you brush your teeth each day. Simply remove the retainers from your mouth and with toothpaste and a toothbrush, spend a few minutes brushing over the entire surface of the retainer.
Once you have completely brushed your retainer and rinsed it with water, be sure to inspect it for any calcium buildup that might be present. Just like your teeth, retainers can be susceptible to tartar or calcium buildup. You’ll notice a cloudy white film on the retainer that doesn’t come off when brushed.
If you do notice calcium buildup the best thing to do is soak your retainer in a denture or retainer cleaning solution. Check the Invisalign website for more information on specifically designed cleaning products.
Now that your Invisalign retainer is clean you can place it back in your mouth. It is recommended that you wear your retainer as often as possible, even at night.
Some of the common mistakes people make when caring for their Invisalign retainers include the following:
– Soaking retainers in mouthwash – most mouthwashes contain a color pigment that can tint your retainers.
– Using hot water – Invisalign retainers are made from plastic and using hot water can cause damage. This may lead to the retainers not fitting as well as they should.
– Getting rid of or not taking care of previous retainers – in some cases patients may have to where previous retainers. It’s important that as you finish with one set, you thoroughly clean them and store them in their case.
It is also important that you refrain from eating or chewing gum while wearing your Invisalign retainers. Drinking dark teas, coffee or soda can lead to the staining of retainers.
I have seen many different patients successfully complete Invisalign treatment with wonderful results. Invisalign retainers are an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces and are increasingly popular with those who are looking to realign their teeth. Smile Concepts can help you get started with Invisalign treatment. Call us today to learn more about Invisalign and schedule a consultation. 480-951-2800