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Caring for Invisalign

If you’ve decided to invest in Invisalign Luton then you’re going to want to make sure you have a clear plan in place as to how you’re going to take care of these aligners. Invisalign aligners are for the most part pretty low maintenance in their care, but can quickly build up with plaque and bacteria if not cleaned correctly. With that in mind here’s a comprehensive guide on cleaning and caring for your aligners.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear device that’s made from plastic that sits snugly over the top of your teeth and applies small amounts of pressure in order to move them into a new position. Unlike many other straightening appliances Invisalign is completely removable, which is great for anyone wanting to straighten their teeth using a less invasive process.

The trays are made from a hard plastic which means they’re very durable, but they aren’t bomb proof, they need to be handled with care and cleaned regularly in order to keep them up to scratch.

Cleaning Invisalign

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Cleaning Invisalign aligners doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to be done correctly. The trays are very easy to clean as the surface of them isn’t designed to have cracks and creases where germs could linger and multiply, and with the nature of their durability they can take a clean with a brush and soap.

You will need

In order to clean your aligners correctly you will need to invest in a few handy tools, none of these should be expensive and should be easily available through your local supermarket, pharmacy or online shopping provider.

Invest in a manual soft bristle brush, ideally with a small head. Most of us use electric toothbrushes these days, but for the purposes of your aligners you’re going to want to go old school and use a basic toothbrush.

Use clear or white toothpaste – this doesn’t need to be a fancy brand or anything, you want it to be white or clear so that the aligners don’t become stained by the toothpaste.

Brushing your Invisalign aligners

You want to be brushing your aligners at least once a day, twice is the ideal as you will be wearing them both throughout the day and during your sleep. When you brush the trays you want to be working your way along both the inside and outside of the trays in order to remove as much bacteria as possible. Use circular motions as well as back and forth in order to dislodge build of grime.

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In order to take your aligners to the next level of cleanliness it’s definitely worth investing in a cleaning solution, these come in at various price points, but again there’s no need to break the bank with this. A simple denture solution can be just as useful as some of the branded products. These solutions can be used once a day or once every other depending on what you think is best, if you’re scrubbing your trays twice daily you might not need to soak them as often as if you’re only brushing once.

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