Posted on December 21, 2020
Finding an Invisalign orthodontist near you in Abilene, Texas is only the first step of your Invisalign treatment. In fact, the average time a person will wear traditional braces is about two years. Invisalign treatment is sometimes completed quicker than two years, but will almost always take at least six months to complete.
During this time, the patient must take care of the aligners used to straighten and position the teeth. Without proper care, Invisalign treatment can take longer, and be more expensive, than necessary because the patient may need to order replacement aligners.
Here are three tips for caring for aligners during Invisalign treatment:
Aligners need to be cleaned. Ideally, you will be able to clean them once per day when you brush your teeth at night. Cleaning your aligners will prevent bacterial growth that can create odors and cause tooth decay. To clean your aligners you should:
Ideally, you will wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. Keep in mind that the more time your aligners are inside your mouth, the less time your Invisalign treatment will take.
However, aligners are meant to be removed while eating. When eating, be sure to store the aligners in a case to avoid:
In addition to your daily routine of cleaning your aligners, you will need to sanitize them periodically. Invisalign offers a range of cleaning products, including solutions and crystals, that are designed to disinfect aligners by killing bacteria and removing dental plaque from the aligners.
By taking care of your Invisalign aligners, you can have straight teeth without the expense and delay of ordering replacement aligners. Contact Lee Orthodontics today to learn more about Invisalign treatment and how to care for your aligners.