The vast majority of patients who choose aligners over other equally effective orthodontic treatments do so because of the characteristics that the aligners provide: they are transparent, very comfortable and practically imperceptible.
It is precisely for this reason that you must be very careful when keeping the splints in good condition.
In this way, we will prevent them from staining and deteriorating. If they do, they will lose the transparency that makes Invisalign such an attractive treatment.
That said, it is also true that the fact that the aligners are renewed so frequently - every two weeks - facilitates their maintenance.
Therefore, keeping the splints in good condition is due to the very need to preserve the unique qualities of the aligners since the more they are cared for, the more discreet they will be in the eyes of others.
But, in addition, its cleanliness helps us preserve our own oral hygiene. That is, if the aligners are not cleaned properly, the accumulation of food remains in the mouth and the appearance of bad breath will be favoured.
"Do not clean the splints with toothpaste or soak them in mouthwash, as these products damage the aligner, making it more opaque and visible"
How should I clean the aligners splints?
That said, we are going to detail how the aligners should be cleaned so that they do not lose the transparency and discretion that characterizes them.
First of all, we will have to brush them several times a day, that is, every time we remove them and put them in their box.
This will be done when we remove the aligners to eat, for example, and will consist of cleaning the surface of the splint with a brush, warm water and soap.
Secondly, it will also be advisable to dilute a special tablet to clean dental prostheses in a glass of water once or twice a week.
These types of pills are marketed by different brands and are for sale in pharmacies. Its use helps to maintain the cleanliness of the splints since they do not acquire bad odours.
At this point, it is important to mention that toothpaste should not be used as a substitute for soap or mouthwash to immerse Invisalign.
Although they are suitable for our own hygiene, this type of product damages the material with which the splint is made.
That is, they deteriorate its surface, making it more opaque and visible to the eyes of others. In addition to this, granulated toothpaste grates the aligners.
What else can I do to take care of the aligners?
In addition to being careful with our own hygiene and with that of the aligners, it is also important to carry out what we would call a "preventive cleaning" of them.
That is, there are a series of habits that deteriorate their appearance despite cleaning them. The main ones would be: smoking and drinking coloured liquids while we have them on.
Any patient wearing Invisalign knows not to eat while wearing the aligners. However, the same does not happen when it comes to smoking or drinking coffee, tea or soft drinks such as Coca-Cola.
The most appropriate thing is for the splints to be removed when carrying out any of these habits. However, in the event that they are performed very frequently, it will be necessary to assess this point, since the aligners must be worn 22 hours a day.