Young woman pointing to healthy teeth with Invisalign aligner.

Invisalign is an amazing tool that can transform your smile with relative ease and without your treatment being noticeable. However, successful Invisalign treatment not only means sticking to your treatment plan, but it also requires a commitment to meticulous oral hygiene.

Why is oral hygiene so important during this treatment?

The Hidden Hygiene Challenge of Invisalign

At first glance, Invisalign trays offer a seamless and nearly invisible method to correct dental imperfections. This sounds like a win-win when it comes to straightening your teeth. And it is. However, invisible trays introduce a new variable to your oral ecosystem.

While Invisalign trays are working hard to shape your smile, they also create a unique environment in your mouth that requires special attention to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your straightening treatment.

Clear aligners fit tightly over your teeth, creating a moist, warm space between the tray and your tooth enamel – a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. In addition, if the correct steps aren’t taken, aligners can trap food particles, sugar, or acids within the space and in contact with the tooth. Without proper care, this can lead to increased plaque buildup, cavities, and even gum disease.

Prioritizing Oral Health During Invisalign Treatment

We know your oral health is important to you; that’s one of the reasons you are getting Invisalign treatment, after all. So, here is how to keep your teeth and gums healthy as you go through treatment.

Brushing and Flossing

The cornerstone of oral care is no secret: excellent oral hygiene. And this is just as true during your Invisalign treatment. That’s right, brushing and flossing are more crucial than ever.

It’s recommended to brush your teeth after every meal and snack before reinserting your aligners. This prevents food particles from being trapped, reducing the risk of decay and bad breath. If you can’t brush, then swish water around your mouth vigorously to dislodge food pieces and rinse acids from tooth surfaces.

Aligner Care

Your Invisalign trays need just as much attention as your teeth. Cleaning them regularly prevents the accumulation of harmful bacteria. Rinse your aligners every time you remove them and clean them thoroughly at least once a day as directed by your provider. Store them in a clean case while they are not in use. And don’t forget to clean your case regularly, too!

A Healthy Diet

What you eat can have a surprisingly significant impact on your oral health, especially during Invisalign treatment. Sugary and starchy foods can cling to your teeth and aligners, fueling bacteria that lead to plaque and tartar buildup.

Make sure you are eating lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, which not only support your overall health but also minimize the risk of cavities and inflammation.

Additionally, staying hydrated, particularly with water, helps wash away bits of food as well as bacteria, keeping your mouth clean. Avoid acidic food and drinks to prevent enamel erosion, and never eat or drink anything other than water with your aligners in place.

Regular Dental Checkups

While Invisalign offers the convenience of not needing as many in-office visits as traditional braces, regular visits to check your progress are needed. Your appointments allow us to closely monitor your Invisalign progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.

But don’t forget that you still need your twice-a-year professional cleaning appointments. A professional cleaning tackles any plaque or tartar buildup that your daily routine might miss.

Don’t forget that successful Invisalign treatment requires a bit more work from you than just wearing your aligners. If it’s time for you next appointment or if you have any other Invisalign questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We are here for you, every step of the way!