Orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve both the appearance and integrity of your smile. While metal or ceramic braces can be used to correct a number of “bad bites” such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowing, spacing, and misplaced midlines, many people shy away from the thought of these orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Kenn Kakosian provides the Invisalign system as an alternative. This article will provide tips for keeping your Invisalign retainers clean.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Your Invisalign aligners are designed to match the contours of your teeth, meaning that they hug the curves of your teeth during each stage of the treatment process. For this reason, it is important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth as usual to reduce the risk of plaque and food buildup along the aligners themselves. It is also a good idea to remove your aligners when eating and drinking to limit the amount of debris they are coming into contact with.
Rinse and Soak Your Aligners
You will want to rinse your aligners after each meal if you are not removing them. When brushing and flossing your teeth, consider placing your aligners in a denture cleaning liquid or a mixture of baking soda and water. This will not only disinfect your aligners but will also help reduce the chances of calcification or discoloration. Just be sure not to use traditional toothpaste to clean your aligners, as the abrasives may actually cause damage or leave noticeable scratches.
Invest in an Ultrasonic Cleaner
Your cosmetic dentist may recommend investing in an ultrasonic cleaner when using the Invisalign system. These small, personal-sized devices are a great way to keep your aligners clean, as they use ultrasonic waves to break up surface particles without the use of harmful abrasives.
Don’t let the condition of your teeth keep you tight-lipped. You can find out more about the Invisalign system by contacting New York City’s Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. online or by calling (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kakosian also offers treatment for periodontal disease and a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures.