Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Personalized care in a comfortable setting is all part of the experience at Cityview Dental Arts. We combine state-of-the-art technologies with a welcoming atmosphere at our Bucktown area office in Chicago. That’s why so many people choose Cityview Dental Arts for their general and cosmetic dentistry needs, including some of the most advanced technology in orthodontics today — Invisalign® clear aligners.

Invisalign invisible teeth aligners are a hassle-free way to get straighter teeth without metal, wires, or a bunch of extra office visits. There are no restrictions on foods you can eat, and Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, so they’re a discreet, quick way to straighten your teeth. 

Overall, the Invisalign system frees you from the pain and restrictions of braces, but still lets you achieve a more beautiful smile, easily and gradually. Just like your teeth though, you do have to take care of your custom-made Invisalign trays. Dr. Jerry Bock and our friendly dental team advise patients regarding how to care for their Invisalign trays, and here we offer some helpful tips. 

These revolutionary teeth straighteners combine the most advanced technology with the highest level of comfort. To keep them comfortable, clean, and at peak functionality, follow these simple steps to care for your Invisalign trays.

Clean your fingers first

When you insert and remove Invisalign trays from your mouth, wash your hands first so your fingers are clean. And, only use your fingers. Never try to pry your aligners off your teeth with a utensil that could damage them.

Insert your aligners with ease

Invisalign trays are custom-fitted to your teeth and designed to stay in place without force. Inserting the aligners into your mouth should be a comfortable, gentle experience. Simply put them into place and don’t bite down with excessive force. The team at Cityview Dental Arts will show you how to do this with ease.

Clean your Invisalign trays daily

Keeping your aligners clean is as easy as rinsing them each time you remove them from your mouth. Even while you’re at work or out to dinner, quickly run them under lukewarm water after eating before you insert them again. Be aware that very hot water softens the plastic and changes its shape and ice-cold water can cause your trays to crack.

In addition to rinsing your aligners several times throughout the day, give them a thorough brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Each time you brush your teeth, brush your aligners so you can avoid a cloudy film on the surface of the trays that may indicate plaque buildup. 

Inspect your aligners closely

Once a day, carefully inspect your aligners from all angles by holding them up to the light. Don’t forget to check the edges, too. Even when you’re careful, there’s a chance that something might damage your aligners. If you find any cracks or chips, let us know so we can replace your trays as soon as possible.

Store the aligners in their case

You wear Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours a day, so for the few short hours they’re not in your mouth, keep them in the case. That way you ensure they won’t become damaged or misplaced.  

Keep in touch

The Invisalign system works through a series of custom-fit trays that you change every couple weeks, or as Dr. Bock indicates. Each time you begin wearing a new set of aligners, they’ll feel tighter and a bit uncomfortable as the retainers apply gentle pressure to realign your teeth. 

But you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do, let us know right away.

Caring for your Invisalign trays is easy. Just follow these practical tips for a smooth transition into the Invisalign system and to protect your investment. Your smile is worth it, especially without the hassle of traditional metal braces.

If you’re ready to try the latest, most effective teeth straightening technology, call us at 309-432-5483 for an appointment or schedule your consultation using our convenient online system.

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