Caring for Your Invisalign® Trays

Caring for Your Invisalign® Trays

If you are considering getting Invisalign® trays, or if you recently started wearing them, there are some things you should know first. This treatment can be an effective way of straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues in your mouth. There are advantages to choosing this method over braces. Still, you need to be mindful of daily maintenance and care. A clean, nice-looking set of aligners will make your treatment more effective.

Why aligners are a good choice

Traditional braces continue to be a wise choice for some patients. But for some people, Invisalign makes more sense. Unlike braces, these trays do not stand out in the mouth. People who are self-conscious about their appearance will prefer clear aligners because of their invisible plastic design. The trays are also more comfortable in the mouth and are much less likely to rub against the gums and cheeks. The total treatment time with aligners is usually shorter, as few as 12 months.

Listen to the dentist

The first thing a patient should do when getting Invisalign trays is to pay attention to what the dentist says. The dentist will instruct the patient on how to properly wear the trays and how to clean them effectively. The dentist will tell the individual how long the trays should be in every day and what products to use on them. The dentist has the knowledge and training to get the most out of each set of trays. Ignoring this advice could decrease the effectiveness of the aligners.

Take them out during meals

People who wear braces must be extra diligent about oral hygiene because food can get stuck in the brackets and in between and under the wires. With Invisalign, eating is not so difficult. The trays are removable, and the wearer should take them out before eating. This will prevent food from getting trapped under the plastic, causing bacteria buildup on the gumline.

Rinse the Invisalign® trays often

Because individuals can remove the trays, they should do so periodically to rinse them off. Doing this under warm water a few times a day will keep them clean and smelling nice. Even if the person wearing the trays removes them during mealtime, leftover food and debris can stick to them. Make sure to replace the trays right after rinsing them.

Brush the trays daily

Invisalign treatment does not cut down on the patient’s need for good oral hygiene. The patient should continue to brush and floss daily. Plus, it is helpful to brush the trays at least once a day. Make sure the toothpaste is not too gritty. The individual should also brush the entire appliance. This habit will keep unpleasant odors away and help to maintain its shape.

It is up to you

Your dentist has the knowledge and training to fit you with the right set of Invisalign® trays. The aligners are effective at straightening teeth and correcting bites. But you must do your part too. If you clean and maintain the trays well, you can expect positive results from your treatment.

Request an appointment here: or call Phoenix Family Dentistry at (602) 547-9007 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.


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