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Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

If you’re a candidate for Invisalign® invisible teeth aligners, you might think choosing them over braces seems like a no-brainer, and you wouldn’t be wrong. After all, if you don’t have to deal with the wires, the hardware, and the multiple follow-up visits, why would you? 

Invisalign frees you from the pain and restrictions of braces and says that you:

Those are the very reasons Dr. Trevor Lawson DDS and Dr. Sarah Carlisle DMD at Simples Smiles in Johnson City recommend Invisalign to many of their patients. If you’re wondering what Invisalign can do for your smile, we’re happy to set up a consultation with you at Simple Smiles. If you have already started your Invisalign journey, here are some easy tips and tricks to keeping your Invisalign trays comfortable, clean, and at peak functionality.

Use your fingers

When you take your Invisalign trays out of your mouth, use only your clean fingers. Never try to pry them out with a utensil or tool that might damage them.

Avoid clamping down

Inserting your aligners into your mouth should be a comfortable and gentle experience. Simply put them into place and don’t bite down. They are designed to stay in place without force.

Keep them clean

It’s easy to keep your aligners clean by simply rinsing them each time you remove them from your mouth. Even when you’re at work or at a restaurant, it’s usually convenient to quickly run them under water. 

But remember that temperature matters. Very hot water softens the plastic and changes its shape; frigid water can cause cracks. It’s recommended that you find a happy medium in temperature for effective cleaning.

In addition to the quick rinses, give your trays a thorough brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You’re brushing your teeth anyway, so it’s a good time to kill two birds with one stone — especially if you notice a cloudy film over the surface, which could be plaque buildup.

Give them the once-over

Once a day, take a good look at your aligners. Hold them up to the light, turn them over, peak underneath, and check the edges. Even when you’re careful, there’s always a chance that something could damage your aligners. If you find any cracks or chips, come in so we can replace your trays as soon as possible.

Use your case

The best way to protect your Invisalign trays is to keep them in their tray when they’re not in your mouth. Not only does this serve as a safeguard to outside elements, but it also decreases the likelihood of your Invisalign trays getting lost. 

Report any problems

Everytime you begin wearing a new set of trays, you’ll notice tightness and a bit of discomfort as the retainers work to realign your teeth. But you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do, contact us right away.

If you follow these easy tips, you can count on a smooth transition into the Invisalign system, and protect your investment. If you’re ready to try the latest, most effective teeth straightening technology, call us for an appointment at 423-226-5395 or schedule your consultation using our online system

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