Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign

Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign
Posted on 12/08/2015

At Heller Orthodontics, it's our mission to help you achieve the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible - and while the treatments we perform in-office are critical to that goal, what you do at home is equally important. Invisalign is quickly becoming one of our most popular treatment methods, so for this blog, we'll be giving you some tips on caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign.

Conveniently Removable

Naturally, brushing and flossing are two of the most important parts of keeping your teeth and your appliances clean - and Invisalign makes this easier than ever. Because you can take your aligners out to brush and floss, you don't have to worry about damaging brackets when brushing or using floss-threaders - you can just brush and floss the same way you always have! This is a big improvement in the convenience of orthodontic treatment.

With this convenience, though, comes responsibility. It's critically important that your brush your teeth in the morning, before bed, and after every meal - if not, food particles can collect under your aligners, turning into acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It's also vital to brush your aligners every time you take them out and put them back in - this adds a further layer of protection against food and bacterial build up. Finally, while it may seem obvious, it's imperative that you avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing your aligners. Their translucent material makes them virtually invisible when worn, but they stain easily when exposed to foods or colored liquids - so always be sure to remove them when eating or drinking and brush your teeth and your aligners before putting them back in.

Contact Our Bethesda or Laurel Office Today! 

Have more questions about Invisalign? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Bethesda or Laurel MD office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on maintaining optimal orthodontic health.