Invisible aligners don’t share the many inconvenient disadvantages of traditional braces — excluding constant maintenance. They’re wearer-friendly, but only to those responsible enough to tirelessly care for them properly.
For starters, avoid these don’ts when wearing clear plastic aligners:
Keeping Them on While Drinking Hot Beverages
High temperature can damage the plastic material, causing it to deform. It’s best to take out your plastic aligners when drinking any hot beverage, particularly coffee, to avoid stains. Also, use only cold water when cleaning them. This means you shouldn’t run them through the dishwasher, or else you’ll need a new set ahead of schedule.
Skipping Brushing and Flossing After Eating
Wearers of invisible aligners know very well that flossing and brushing about six times a day is normal. It could feel like a dozen, especially if you usually consume small quantities of food throughout the day. Cold water is the only thing you can put in your mouth without having to remove your clear aligners first.
Soaking Them in Colored Mouthwash
Clear orthodontic appliances need clear cleaning solutions. Using colored mouthwash will tint them, defeating the purpose of having them in the first place.
Girls, be particular with your makeup once you start your treatment for teeth misalignment. Even clear lip balm and gloss can leave a waxy residue on invisible aligners, which can inadvertently draw attention to your mouth.
Gum can be detrimental not only to the appearance, but also to the integrity of your invisible plastic aligners. You can still chew it without anything else in your mouth, though.
Storing Them in a Paper Towel or Napkin
Always bring a case to store your clear aligners when not in use. Don’t improvise by wrapping them in a paper towel or napkin even just for a short time. The material can crack and lose its efficacy.
Discipline and commitment are non-negotiable qualities every wearer of invisible plastic retainers should have. Our careless mistake can suffice to derail your ironclad orthodontic treatment.