Tinley Park Invisalign Dentist Explains the Basics of Hygienic Care for Invisalign Aligners

Written by Dr. Zaibak on Aug 4, 2014

When you want to transform your smile, you want to do it in the way that will be least disruptive to your life. Traditional metal braces can be difficult to clean and hard on your gum and oral tissues. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are made of smooth and clear plastic resin. Our Tinley Park Invisalign dentists will fit your aligners to your mouth, specifically, so the aligners will be both comfortable and practically invisible when worn.

Invisalign aligners provide the added benefit of being easy to clean and care for. Unlike traditional metal braces, which are difficult to brush and floss, plastic aligners can be cleaned thoroughly in a short time.

You don’t have to use traditional toothbrushes and toothpaste to clean your aligners. There are actually Invisalign Cleaning Crystals that will cleanse your plastic aligners in only 15 minutes.

Whenever you clean your aligners, make sure to use lukewarm water for best results. When you use hot water, you could risk cracking and warping your aligners. Lukewarm water will thoroughly wash debris from plastic aligners without threatening the structural integrity of the plastic resin.

Although Cleaning Crystals are available for cleaning Invisalign aligners, you do have other options if Cleaning Crystals are unavailable. You can clean aligners with a soft toothbrush and gentle dental hygiene tools (of course using lukewarm water!). Your aligners should be cleansed once a day to remove any left over food particles from your aligners. If left in your aligners, these food particles can cause plaque, tartar, and tooth decay.

As you can see, taking care of your teeth and Invisalign aligners is pretty straightforward. With thoughtful care, your aligners will stay clean, fresh, and translucent throughout treatment.

Give our Orland Park cosmetic dentist office a call for more information or to schedule your own consultation!