By providing patients with virtually undetectable and completely removable trays, Invisalign has revolutionized the teeth-straightening process. In fact, their convenient, effective approach to creating beautiful smiles means you can enjoy a night out on the town without having to worry about pesky metal brackets and wires. That being said, it is important to take care of your clear aligners so your teeth can remain in pristine condition. Below are four tips for enjoying your evening with Invisalign:
REMOVE YOUR ALIGNERS BEFORE YOU EAT OR DRINK
Although Invisalign’s clear trays free patients from food restrictions, it is important to not drink or eat with them in. Doing so puts your trays at risk of breaking and warping, which can render them ineffective until they can be replaced. Therefore, make sure to pop them out before your drink or food arrives. You can do this discreetly by excusing yourself to the restroom to remove the aligners and place them in their designated case until you are ready to put them back in. Since the trays are nearly invisible, no one will notice the difference except you!
KEEP A GLASS OF WATER CLOSE BY
Water is key in staying hydrated and keeping your body functioning optimally. However, it can also do wonders for your teeth! By continually sipping on water, you can rinse away sugar and lingering food particles that can cling to your teeth and cause cavities. That is crucial since placing your aligners in without doing so can trap the bacteria on both your teeth and your trays. Therefore, make sure to always keep a glass of water close by to sip on throughout the evening.
BRUSH AFTER EACH MEAL
When returning home from an evening on the town, few things are more inviting than the comfort of your bed. However, before you jump under the covers and call it a night, you must brush your teeth thoroughly. Instead of giving your teeth a quick scrub, make sure to:
- Use clean, running water to dampen your toothbrush.
- Place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the bristles.
- Gently scrub your teeth in a circular motion to remove plaque.
- Make sure to clean the back molars, inside surfaces, and hard to reach areas.
- Brush back and forth over the chewing surfaces.
- Always clean your tongue.
- Spit out all the toothpaste and rinse with water.
DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN YOUR ALIGNERS
For your aligners to remain effective and undetectable, they must be taken care of properly. However, if they are kept in while you are eating or drinking, then they can become stained and home to harmful bacteria. Plus, the yellow discoloration can make your teeth look unhealthy, so make sure to:
- Rinse the trays upon removal to clear away saliva.
- Soak them in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, or any specialty solution your dentist recommends to keep them germ-free.
- Complete your oral care routine before placing them back in.
Whether you are catching up with friends over coffee, attending a girl’s night out, or jumping back into the dating scene, Invisalign can improve your smile without hindering your fun. By using these four tips, all you have to do is focus on enjoying yourself and your clear aligners will do the rest!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Hector Carlos Tijerina obtained his doctorate at Baylor College of Dentistry. Backed by the talented team at Parkfield Family Dental, Dr. Tijerina focuses on providing a comfortable atmosphere for you and your whole family. Plus, he is bilingual in English and Spanish! If you have any questions about drinking or eating with Invisalign, visit his website or give him a call at (512) 213-6778.