While most people are familiar with the importance of a oral hygiene routine, many have a hard time meeting the requirements of this important daily regimen. If you’re undergoing braces treatment like Invisalign, knowing the best way to clean your teeth and aligning trays is critical to getting the results you want.
Why Oral Hygiene is the Most Important Treatment Step in Invisalign Treatment
Part of the reason why patients prefer Invisalign is because of how patient-oriented the overall treatment is. Since you get several aligning trays at a time to change out at home, it really is one of the most patient-focused treatments available. However, fewer visits to the dentist also means that the bulk of care falls on the patient.
In addition to sticking to the treatment schedule, patients are also responsible for the care of the trays and their smile. This means removing trays before eating, then thoroughly brushing and flossing teeth before putting the aligners back on. Forgetting to take out the trays before a snack makes it easier to damage the trays, which are not meant to withstand the biting pressure that can get exerted when your eat.
Drinking anything other than water while your trays are in also means that liquid can get stuck in the spaces between the aligners and your teeth. Dark or sugary liquids in particular can do the most damage to your trays, staining the clear plastic and increasing your smile’s exposure to cavity-causing sugar.
Brushing and flossing after every meal is especially important for Invisalign wearers. While Invisalign is much easier to keep clean than traditional braces, the treatment is not plaque or bacteria resistant. If you put your aligning trays back on before brushing and flossing, you create the perfect environment for plaque to accumulate. In addition to making your aligning trays smell bad and taste terrible, this can drastically increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
What’s Your Routine?
Oral hygiene is important to every smile. When you’re undergoing treatment clear braces, keeping a consistent and effective oral hygiene routine will help your enjoy the most functional and cosmetic use out of your smile. To help patients keep their smiles’ healthy between visits, our Brickell orthodontist recommends the following:
Visit Dr. Grussmark for Invisalign in Miami, FL
Still have questions about your Invisalign treatment? Call Miami orthodontist Dr. Stephen Grussmark to learn more about caring for your clear braces and your smile during treatment. We look forward to helping you smile again!
Dr. Stephen Grussmark
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Miami, FL 33146
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