How to Maintain Your Invisalign

How to Maintain Your Invisalign
Posted on 01/13/2016

By choosing Invisalign at Pritchard Orthodontics, patients near Woodland, WA are able to enjoy a comfortable and easy orthodontic treatment. The series of plastic aligners makes getting a straight smile much less noticeable, but still effective. And, Invisalign near Woodland, WA offers a ton of benefits, such as being able to be removed, that traditional metal braces can’t offer, a reason that many Pritchard Orthodontics patients choose Invisalign for themselves. However, Invisalign does still require some care. To effectively maintain your Invisalign aligners and to ensure a quick and easy treatment, follow these simple care tips from Dr. Tyler Pritchard:

  1. Keep Invisalign in a safe place = One problem that patients often run into when using the Invisalign system is that the trays are small and clear, making them easy to misplace. Always make sure when you are removing your Invisalign near Woodland, WA that you keep them somewhere safe, such as a case or in your purse or bag. Dr. Tyler Pritchard also says not to wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients think this is a good place for them, but tend to forget and end up accidentally tossing the napkin out! Additionally, if you have pets at home, make sure your aligners are always high up and out of their reach, as the plastic material may be appealing for them to chew on or play with. And of course, if you do accidentally misplace your Invisalign aligners, be sure to contact the team at Pritchard Orthodontics immediately.

  2. Remove Invisalign to eat and drink = One of the great benefits of getting Invisalign near Woodland, WA is that they can be removed. Dr. Tyler Pritchard wants to remind you to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you are eating or drinking. Leaving them in can lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks (remember, they are made of plastic!). Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.

  3. Clean your Invisalign thoroughly and properly = To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. Pritchard Orthodontics believes Invisalign should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. To do so, Dr. Tyler Pritchard recommends purchasing a small baby toothbrush, and brushing the insides of the aligners softly, with just a tiny drop of toothpaste.  Another method that many patients near Woodland, WA use is to soak Invisalign aligners in Denture cleaner. Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak. The team at Pritchard Orthodontics agrees that both methods will keep your Invisalign near Woodland, WA looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.

  4. Wear Invisalign as directed = The most important aspect of Invisalign care is using the system properly. Be sure to always follow the exact instructions from Dr. Tyler Pritchard. Likely, this will mean that you never leave the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and being sure to change to your new set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Additionally, patients near Woodland, WA should remember not to take the trays out when playing sports or participating in other activities, because these could take a long time and may throw off the schedule and mess up your final result.

Invisalign near Woodland, WA is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following Pritchard Orthodontics easy instructions, patients can ensure their success with this system. If you are a patient looking to begin with Invisalign, or have any questions about your system and how to care for it, Dr. Tyler Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics near Woodland, WA today at 360-667-4111!