Best Cleaning Practices with Invisalign

When you invest in orthodontic treatment, it is important to learn the best cleaning practices with Invisalign. Although there are many different methods in use, not all are effective. We explored both commercially available products and household items that work well.

Why Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays is Important

Keeping your Invisalign trays clean is vitally important. Bacteria and food particles can collect on the trays causing tooth decay and other potential problems. Not cleaning your trays may also cause staining and lead to bad breath.

Developing a few good habits will help keep your tray aligners cleaner. These practices, in addition to brushing and flossing, will keep your mouth and your trays free of bacteria.

The first habit is to rinse your trays every time you remove them to remove saliva residue. You should place the trays in the carrying case while they are not being worn. This protects them from dust, airborne debris, and damage or loss.

Secondly, you should always brush and floss after a meal before reinserting your aligners. Leaving food particles on your teeth can cause decay. If you are unable to brush, you should rinse thoroughly and brush at your earliest opportunity. When you brush your teeth, you should also gently brush your tray aligner.

These simple practices will help keep your aligners clean. This will protect your teeth, the aligners, and keep bad breath away. You should also deep-clean your trays daily, either at night or first thing in the morning.

Best Cleaning Practices with Invisalign

Brushing: We mentioned brushing your trays every time you brush your teeth. While they don’t require anything except water, you should use soap at least once per day. Most orthodontists recommend a drop of dishwashing liquid, which is gentle and effective. Brush gently and rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Non-abrasive toothpaste is acceptable but can dull the aligners.

 

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Soaking with Cleaning Crystals: Trays should be soaked once daily. Invisalign offers Cleaning Crystals for this task, although there are alternatives. With Cleaning Crystals, the trays should be placed in lukewarm (never hot) water with one package of crystals. Allow the trays to soak for 15-20 minutes. Gently brush and rinse trays after soaking.

Soaking with Denture/Retainer Tablets: Soaking trays using lukewarm water and a regular cleaning tablet is effective also. Do not use colored tablets, as these may stain your trays. Soaking should be at least 15-20 minutes. After soaking, gently brush and rinse your trays.

Baking Soda Soak: Baking soda is a handy cleaning aid. To use this product as a soaking agent, mix one-half cup lukewarm water with one tablespoon of baking soda. Once dissolved, soak your trays for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and brush gently after soaking.

Vinegar Soak: Mix one part white vinegar to three parts lukewarm water. Once well mixed, place your trays into the solution for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, then brush gently.

Call Pitner Orthodontics if You Still Have Questions

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on your trays to avoid damaging them. Remember to rinse your trays whenever you remove them. Using any of the deep-cleaning processes will be sufficient to keep your trays looking and smelling great. If you have any questions about the care of your trays, please contact Pitner Orthodontics at one of our three offices:

Columbia — (803) 859-4442
Chapin — (803) 859-4377
Downtown (Adults) — (803) 859-4346

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Best Invisalign Around Elgin

To discover the best Invisalign around Elgin, SC, you need to look no further than Pitner Orthodontics in nearby Columbia and Chapin. With three locations, Dr. Leslie Pitner and her staff are ready to guide you on a journey to find your dream smile. As a Diamond+ Invisalign provider, Dr. Pitner is among the top one percent of all providers in the nation.

Finding Invisalign Around Elgin

Whether you have already decided on Invisalign treatment or are just exploring options, Pitner Orthodontics can help. You can begin with a Virtual Consultation — just fill in the form to start right now. Dr. Pitner also offers a complimentary Smile Assessment which includes digital X-rays and a complete examination, valued at $249.

In addition to offering family treatment for all ages, Pitner has a dedicated office for adults. So whether you are a parent seeking treatment for a child or teen, or an adult seeking “grown-up” treatment, Pitner has what you need. Our downtown office, at 1201 Main St, Suite 900 in Columbia is perfect for busy adults. This is the only adult-only orthodontist office in the southeastern United States.

 

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Our two family offices are located at 814 Old Bush River Road in Chapin and 5953 Wescott Road in Columbia. Whether you are in Columbia, Chapin, or nearby in Elgin, one of our locations is near you. Our staff are all highly-trained and continue enhancing their training regularly.

More About Invisalign with Pitner Orthodontics

Invisalign is a popular treatment because of the almost invisible tray aligners. It is a patient-centered treatment, meaning that the patient has more control of treatment than with traditional braces. Tray aligners are available for children in Phase 1 Treatment, teens in Phase 2 Treatment, and adults.

When comparing the cost of Invisalign against traditional metal braces, there is not much difference. Technology has given Invisalign the advantage in ease of treatment, duration, and cost. Using a 3-D scanner, a model of your teeth can be made. Using this and sophisticated computer software, a custom treatment plan is created.

Trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. Patients remove the trays to eat, drink, and perform oral hygiene. Every two weeks, the patient will shift to the next set of trays in the series. Each tray set works to gradually shift the positions of the teeth to create a perfect smile.

The duration of your treatment plan depends on the severity of your beginning alignment problems. While some plans can be as short as six months, the average is between 12 and 18 months.

If you are ready to explore Invisalign in Elgin, please call Pitner Orthodontics to set up an appointment.

Make Your Appointment to Find Your Perfect Smile

New patients can contact us using any of the links on our home page to set up a Virtual Consultation or an in-office Smile Assessment. You may also use the form on our Contact Page. Please be sure to specify which of our three offices you would to visit.

Whether you are a new patient or a current patient, we look forward to hearing from you. Patients can also call any of our offices for questions or to set up appointments.

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