If you've ever had traditional braces or know someone who has, you probably already know that it can be a nuisance to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean while wearing them. You'll be glad to know that the same isn't true of invisible braces. If you've been curious about getting invisible aligners but want to know about maintaining your oral hygiene first, then read this guide.
Take Them Off
The wonderful thing about invisible braces (aside from the fact that they're nearly impossible to notice while they're on your teeth) is that they can be removed. In fact, it's recommended that you remove them when you want to eat and when you're taking care of your teeth at least twice a day. So you can pop those invisible braces off when you're ready to start caring for your teeth.
Once your invisible braces are off, taking care of your teeth is a completely natural process. Just floss and brush like you always do. You can also use mouthwash, water flossers, or any other additional techniques you may employ to keep your mouth healthy. Just remember to not try to do anything while the invisible braces are on, as you could damage them.
Clean The Braces
Once your teeth are clean, it's time to take care of the braces, too. There are a couple of ways that you can do this.
First of all, your dentist may give you a soaking solution to put the braces in. This will help to disinfect them and to break up any developed plaque on the braces. Follow your dentist's directions and make sure to keep the braces soaking for as long as directed.
Secondly, you'll be brushing your invisible braces. That's really all it takes to keep them clean. Simply use some toothpaste, a toothbrush, and scrub the inside and the outside of the braces. They should look clear and see-through when you're done, not cloudy or foggy. If they still look cloudy, it means that there's still a film of plaque on the braces, so keep scrubbing.
Once your teeth and braces are clean, all that's left is to pop them back on. You need to wear your braces all day and night, so this is a normal step that you'll follow every day.
That's it! With these steps, you can easily ensure that your dental health and hygiene is maintained and that your invisible braces are tidy and clean, too. Keep in mind that you always want to clean your invisible braces, as otherwise they can capture plaque and cause your teeth to develop cavities. Avoiding this is as simple as brushing them every day, so get to it.