August 2, 2018
Did you just get your first set of Invisalign aligners? You’re already making strides towards a great smile by using an amazingly discrete teeth straightening device. These custom aligning trays are much less likely to break or malfunction than traditional bracket and wire braces, but you should know that they are not indestructible. Before you sit back, relax, and watch the amazing results that Invisalign in San Antonio can provide, there are some tips on how to care for your aligners you should know to ensure a successful treatment process.
Can My Invisalign Aligners Break Over Time?
The short answer is, yes. Although these aligners are incredibly durable, they can break or crack. Because you are supposed to wear your aligning trays for 20 to 22 hours a day, a break or fracture without immediate replacement can throw off your teeth straightening schedule. It is important to care for your aligners to make sure your treatment stays on track.
How Can I Keep My Aligning Trays Safe?
The most common way patients crack their aligning trays are when they are being taken out of the mouth. Do not try to remove a large section of your aligners at once. Instead, find the back ledge of the aligner and carefully work your way towards the front loosening it little by little. A hasty removal can result in broken aligners. These trays are brittle and don’t have much give, so take them out carefully.
Cleaning your aligners is an important part of maintaining good oral health as well as ensuring successful treatment, but it is also an opportunity for you to drop or mishandle your aligning trays. It’s recommended that you use a toothbrush to clean the trays but before doing so, put a towel down on your sink and even on the floor by the sink. This way, if you drop your aligners, they won’t immediately crack from the impact of a hard sink or bathroom floor.
In addition to these physical precautions you can take, watch out for harmful chemicals used on your Invisalign trays. For example, toothpaste and its chemicals can be too abrasive and can actually scratch and weaken your aligners.
Last but not least, always have an Invisalign case on your person. Because this product can be removed to eat, brush, and floss, make sure you always put your aligners back in its case to protect them from outside harm.
Invisalign aligning trays are better for patients who want to maintain a more natural look throughout the treatment process. Take care of your aligners by following our simple tips to keep your treatment on track. Your smile and your dentist will thank you.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Christopher J. Holland is a preferred provider of Invisalign treatment. This means he is an expert when it comes to aligners and has treated many patients using Invisalign. He currently practices at New Image Dentistry with a team of skilled dentists ready to help you and your family with any of your oral health needs. He can be contacted by phone at (210) 804-1558 for any questions.