Monroe Dental Arts

Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners

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If you have been living with crooked or misaligned teeth but as an adult do not relish the thought of two or more years of metal wires and brackets, you should consider Invisalign. Because Invisalign straightens teeth using clear plastic aligners rather than wires and brackets, it’s a great option for older teens and adults.

You might be wondering about the Invisalign plastic aligners and how to care for them so you can get the most out of treatment. Our Monroe Township, NJ dental practice makes the following recommendations to our patients who opt for Invisalign to straighten their smile.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Treatment

There is a certain amount of compliance required with Invisalign if you are going to get the results you desire. The clear plastic aligners are removable, after all, and it is up to you to make sure you wear them for the allotted number of hours.

  • Wear the plastic aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
  • Clean your Invisalign aligners using lukewarm water, avoiding hot water in particular.
  • Take out your aligners only for eating and brushing and flossing.
  • Keep your periodic dental appointments to make sure your treatment is on track.

Caring for Your Aligners

Invisalign aligners are made from BPA-free plastic for your safety. They are vulnerable to extreme temperatures, so be sure to keep them out of hot water. Don’t leave them in your car on a hot day because the heat can cause the aligners to warp and they won’t fit properly. Never boil your aligners.

Use a mild detergent and lukewarm water to clean your aligners. Don’t use toothpaste as this can cause scratches. If your aligners develop mineral deposits or tartar, you can soak them in vinegar to break up these minerals and brush them away with a very soft toothbrush.

Be sure to keep your aligners away from pets who love to chew on them.

For more information about Invisalign in Monroe Township, NJ, we invite you to call our practice to make a dental appointment for a consultation. Call today!