How to Clean Invisalign

February 14, 2022 - toothbar - 0 comments Woman in the bathroom placing invisalign braces after cleaning them
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The importance of proper orthodontic care and maintaining the health of one’s teeth cannot be emphasized enough. Not only can it impact the overall physical health of the patient, but it can also lead to feelings of embarrassment and discomfort. Austin Cosmetic Dentistry empowers its patients to take control of their orthodontic care.

In Austin, Texas alone the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2012-2018 report shows that roughly 10 percent of adults are missing 6 or more teeth. They also report that at least 6 percent of ER visits are related to dental problems. Because of this, Austin Restorative Dentistry and the care it provides is vital.

However, there are often factors outside of a patient’s control. Over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces, and 25% of these individuals are adults. Because of this, patients may consider alternatives to braces. Invisalign Downtown Austin options are one such alternative that has been on the market for over 20 years. Its comfort, ease of use, and hygiene benefits are just a few reasons why patients opt for retainers.

How to clean Invisalign braces is something that patients should receive education on before and after receiving a fitting. Proper hygiene methods can help prevent bad breath, stuck particles, infection, and other complications. It is important to avoid products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, scented soap, and denture cleaning products when cleaning your Invisalign retainers as that can cause damage to the aligners.

Rinsing your Invisalign with water every night is a great practice. It is also recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear gentle liquid soap to help remove anything that may be stuck. However, research published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology studied the pathogens on invisible aligners that were changed every 2 weeks for a 6-week period.

They examined the effects of rinsing with water, using effervescent tablets plus brushing, and brushed the aligners alone with toothpaste and a toothbrush. The latter is specific to the already mentioned soft-bristled brush. The results of the study indicated that brushing without toothpaste and using effervescent tablets was the most effective and cleaning the aligners.

Again, it is important to note that these tablets are not denture tablets. These specific effervescent tablets can be obtained through your dentist. The Invisalign company also sells products to sterilize the aligners. If you notice you are having a difficult time keeping your Invisalign clean or have symptoms of an infection, contact your dentist to be paired with products specific to your dental needs.

Whether you already have Invisalign or looking to get fitted, our Austin Invisalign Dentist has an expert team that specializes in Invisalign fittings, proper cleanings, and overall dental care. Contact the Toothbar to schedule your appointment.

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