This is the day! The day you begin your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. You are on your way to a smile that is not only straighter, but healthier, too. While you wear your Invisalign clear braces, your Arlington VA cosmetic dentist Dr. Sadeddin has a few recommendations for how you can keep your aligners looking as clear as possible.
Eating and Drinking with Invisalign
One of the best things about Invisalign is that both the upper and lower aligners are removable. So, when it’s time to eat, you can pretty much have anything you want. People who wear traditional braces with metal brackets and wires are often on restricted diets—no popcorn, chewy candy or hard nuts—and must contend with food getting caught in their braces.
Although some dentists do allow their Invisalign patients to eat soft foods while wearing their aligners, Dr. Sadeddin doesn’t recommend it. Food can easily get trapped between your teeth and your aligners, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. And really, they are so easy to remove, why take any chances?
Drinking, of course, is another matter. There are still some guidelines you should follow. There’s no problem with drinking water while you are wearing your clear braces. However, other beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine and dark colas can easily stain your aligners. And if a drink is hot, then you run the risk of warping your braces. Therefore, be mindful of what you are about to drink when wearing your aligners.
Caring for your Invisalign Clear Braces in Arlington, VA
Making sure your Invisalign aligners remain clear and clean is quite easy, but does require some effort. The following is what Dr. Sadeddin recommends for daily care.
- When you remove your aligners, rinse then in cool water so saliva and plaque don’t dry on the surface.
- Soak your aligners occasionally in a mild denture cleaner, Retainer Brite or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
- Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your braces in order to remove food particles and bacteria.
- Brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush and antibacterial soap. Most toothpaste contains abrasives that may brighten your teeth, but they can dull or scratch your Invisalign clear braces.
Call Our Office Today
If you have any questions about the maintenance of your Invisalign aligners, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadeddin to find out if this orthodontic treatment is right for you, Give us a call at (703) 495-2247, or request an appointment online today.