Guarantee a Successful Treatment
Invisalign aligners are supported by over 20 years of innovation. They don’t contain any metal wires, and they’re removable, making them much easier to clean and care for than traditional braces.
Even though your aligners are simple to care for, it’s crucial that you follow all of Dr. Sheehan’s instructions if you want to maximize your results from treatment.
Explore our guide, detailing some valuable tips on caring for your aligners.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Ease
Traditional braces cause a lot of grief for those who wear them, and one of the most annoying aspects is trying to keep food from getting lodged in the wires. Fortunately, Invisalign eliminates this issue by making their aligners removable. When used correctly, this prevents small pieces of food and other bacteria from getting stuck under your aligners and causing an infection.
It’s recommended that you wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat, drink, and clean. It should be noted that you might have to alter your eating habits to eliminate continuous snacking throughout the day.
While it may be difficult to adjust to at first, you’ll find that eating with Invisalign is way more manageable than with traditional braces. Best yet, you can eat your favorite foods without restriction.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
The easiest way to ensure that your aligners stay in optimal shape is to remove and clean them every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. One way to do this is by soaking them or lightly brushing them with a mild soap. Remember to clean them after you eat as well.
Another excellent tool is the Invisalign Cleaning System. It involves placing your aligners in a case that’s filled with warm water and cleaning crystals. You’ll gently shake the case for approximately 20 seconds to activate the crystals. Then, let them sit for 15 minutes. Once you’re all done, rinse off the aligners and reinsert them.
Unfortunately, some patients choose not to follow care instructions, which ultimately wastes time and money. Please keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t take your aligners out more than 4 hours a day
- Don’t leave your aligners in the open when you aren’t wearing them
- Don’t use toothpaste, mouthwash, or any rough, colored soap on your aligners
- Don’t eat or drink with your aligners in (water is allowed)
- Don’t put your aligners back in until after you’ve brushed your teeth
Ask Dr. Sheehan for Invisalign Care Advice
Dr. Sheehan and our expertly trained dental team want your treatment to succeed. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the process, we’ll gladly assist you.
Feel free to contact our office at 248-218-0918. Alternatively, you can always fill out the submission form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign?
You can drink alcohol as long as you remove your aligners and clean your teeth before putting the tray back in your mouth. If you don’t, your aligners could become sticky.
Can you drink coffee while wearing Invisalign?
Yes, if you remove your aligners you can drink coffee. Brush your teeth before putting your aligners in to make sure your aligners don’t become stained.
What can’t I drink and eat while wearing Invisalign?
Because your aligners are removable, you can eat anything you want to. Clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in to ensure your aligners don’t become broken or stained.