As an Invisalign braces provider in Harpenden Wayside Dental Practice has had the pleasure in transforming the lives and smiles of thousands of patients in Harpenden, St Albans, Hertfordshire and beyond. Whether you call them Invisalign braces, aligners, clear plastic removable braces or simply retainers, Invisalign offers patients looking for straight teeth and a wonderful new smile multiple benefits when compared to more traditional fixed metal braces. Not least in allowing you to remove your clear braces whenever you need to.
The most obvious benefit of being able to remove your Invisalign aligners is the ability to eat the food you love. None of your favourite foods are off-limits. Removable braces also mean brushing your teeth as you would always do, removing any waste food that may have stuck in between your teeth. The ease and convenience of Invisalign can, on occasion, lead to complacency when it comes to keeping your Invisalign braces in the very best condition possible. With this in mind our Invisalign dentists at Wayside in Harpenden have created a list of Do’s and Don’ts for maintaining your Invisalign aligners.
Once you’ve removed your clear aligners always store them in the protective case provided. This will help keep them clean and stop them getting lost or bent out of shape. You’d be amazed how many times we hear from patients how “the dog chewed my braces!”
You must remove your aligners whenever eating or drinking. Invisalign is made from plastic, perfect for its durability and flexibility but vulnerable to changing shape if heated.
Wearing your clear aligners daily often leads to a build-up of plaque or dry saliva on the inside of your trays. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria which may make the trays smell, and not in a good way! To avoid this, rinse your aligners thoroughly under cold water every time you remove them. For a more thorough clean you can brush them gently with a toothbrush or use a clear anti-bacterial soft soap.
We also sell Dental Pods which are ultrasonic cleaners for retainers and aligners and leave these shiny and clean. These are £65 and come in pink, blue or white.
The best way to avoid a build up of bacteria in your trays is to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. Rinse your mouth and floss or use interdental brushes after eating and drinking.
For more information on Invisalign braces contact us