Maintaining good oral hygiene is important during Invisalign treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Here are some tips to help you maintain proper oral hygiene while using Invisalign aligners:
Brush your teeth regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s also important to brush your teeth after each meal or snack before putting your aligners back in.
Floss daily: Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth and along the gumline. This will help prevent cavities and gum disease.
Clean your aligners: Clean your aligners regularly to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. You can clean your aligners by rinsing them with water or by using a clear, antibacterial soap or special cleaning crystals.
Avoid drinking sugary or acidic beverages: Sugary and acidic drinks such as soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice can damage your teeth and cause cavities. If you do choose to drink these beverages, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards and wait at least 30 minutes before putting your aligners back in.
Use a mouthwash: Using an antibacterial mouthwash can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Look for a mouthwash that is alcohol-free and specifically formulated for orthodontic patients.
Visit your dentist regularly: Even while undergoing Invisalign treatment, it’s important to continue visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. This will help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout treatment.
By following these tips and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and your Invisalign treatment is as effective as possible.