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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
August 11, 2016
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Learn more about caring for your Invisalign trays from your Pittsburgh dentist.

Do you have questions about caring for your Invisalign trays? Dr. John Sartorio, who practices cosmetic dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA, invisalignexplains why it's important to clean your trays daily.

What happens if I don't clean my trays?

Your aligner trays will soon look and smell awful if you don't spend a few minutes cleaning them every day. Smelly bacteria will begin to grow on your uncleaned trays, thanks to the the combination of plaque and dried saliva. If plaque begins to build up on your trays, they'll look cloudy and ruin the appearance of your clear braces.

How should I clean my Invisalign trays?

Keep your trays clean by rinsing them when you remove them from your mouth and just before you reinsert them again. Place your trays in your case when you remove them to eat. If you don't keep them covered, they may be exposed to bacteria and other germs.

Use anti-bacterial soap and a toothbrush to clean your trays every day. Brush trays thoroughly, and make sure you clean grooves and other recessed areas that can trap plaque and bacteria. Choose a clear type of soap, as colored soap can stain your trays. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help keep your Invisalign trays in good shape.

Although it might seem like a good idea to use toothpaste on your trays, many types of toothpaste are abrasive and can scratch or damage your trays. Cleaning them with anti-bacterial soap is a much better idea. After cleaning, rinse your aligner trays thoroughly before placing them in your mouth. Be sure to use cool water to rinse your trays because hot water can warp them.

If you notice a coating of plaque on your aligner trays, use Invisalign-brand magic crystals or denture cleaner to remove the coating. After the trays soak for the recommended time, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove the loosened plaque.

Invisalign is an excellent cosmetic dentistry option that allows you to improve your smile without the wires and brackets required for traditional braces. If you're interested in straightening your teeth with this clear brace option, call Dr. Sartorio, your Pittsburgh, PA dentist, at (412) 831-8700. Transform your smile with Invisalign!