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Your Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ Orthodontist

At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we strive to provide high quality orthodontic care while maintaining a fun, friendly, and easygoing office environment. Our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to make every patient feel comfortable when they visit our office, while striving to craft individualized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. But designing the treatment is only part of the process - equally important is how you care for your teeth and orthodontic appliances at home, and that's especially true with Invisalign.

Caring for Invisalign Aligners

One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is having the ability to take the aligners out to eat and drink - but that doesn't mean they don't get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is a vital part of your treatment, and it's the only way to keep them invisible, odorless, and free from germs. Without conscientious care and cleaning, you aligners can discolor, smell, and build up deposits of plaque and bacteria that can erode away at the enamel of your teeth.

Thankfully, caring for them is easy. Just follow these simple Do's and Don'ts when wearing Invisalign:

DO

  • Rinse Every Time: Any time you take your aligners out of your mouth, rinse them thoroughly under running water. This will rinse away bacteria, saliva, and food particles.
  • Soak Regularly: Invisalign offers specialized cleaning crystals to soak your aligners in regularly. - 
  • Clean Your Teeth: Proper care isn't just about clean aligners - your teeth need to stay clean, too! Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent build up of plaque and bacteria under the aligners.
  • Use Clear, Anti-Bacterial Soft Soap: This is a great way to keep your aligners free of bacteria and plaque.
  • Brush Carefully: Ideally, you want to brush them every time you take them out or put them back in - but be careful, as overzealous brushing can leave visible marks and scratches. 

DON'T

  • Eat or Drink: Foods and colored drinks can stain your aligners and leave an unpleasant smell, so stick with water while you're wearing them.
  • Use Toothpaste: Toothpaste is great for your teeth, but it can harm your aligners. When you brush them, do so gently and without paste.
  • Use Scented or Colored Soap: Using anything but clear soap with aligners can cause them to stain.

Traveling With Invisalign

While the removability of Invisalign makes them hugely convenient, it can also cause problems - particularly when traveling. It's all too easy to misplace them, break them, or even leave them in another country when traveling. If you'll be traveling with Invisalign, here are some helpful tips for taking care of them on the go:

Keep a Supply:

In general, you should carry at least three pairs of aligners with you when you travel - your current set, your previous set, and your next set. If you'll be out of town for more than a few weeks, we recommend taking more.

 

Extra Case:

It's easy to lose a case, so we always recommend bringing a backup just in case.

 

Rinse When Necessary:

While it's best to brush them every time you take them out or put them back in, at a restaurant in another country, this may not be practical. At a minimum, you can rinse out your mouth and aligners before putting them back in, then brush once you're back in your room.

Contact Your Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ Orthodontic Specialists

Have more questions about caring for your 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 Scottsdale or Grayhawk, AZ office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in caring for your Invisalign!