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If you’re considering Invisalign® to address teeth misalignment or other common orthodontic concerns, you can take comfort in knowing that this popular (and discreet) treatment has helped many individuals successfully meet their goals. With this in mind, there are a few things our dentists in Salisbury would like you to know in order to maximize the potential for Invisalign® to provide you with the smile of your dreams:

1. Wear As Directed

One of the most important steps of Invisalign® treatment is to follow the recommendations of the customized treatment program very closely. For the best results, patients are typically advised to wear the aligners a minimum of 22 hours per day.

2. Remove the Aligners Before Consuming Foods/Beverages that Contain Staining Agents

It’s often a good idea to take the aligners out while eating or drinking, but it’s especially necessary when partaking of foods or beverages that can stain the aligners! Stains can seriously compromise the translucency of the Invisalign® trays, so it’s best to remove them when drinking coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages that can stain, as well as while eating berries or other foods with staining agents. Just be sure to brush your teeth (or at least give your mouth a good rinse with water) before putting the aligners back on the teeth.

3. Brush and Floss Regularly

Don’t forget to perform your daily oral hygiene routines! Brushing twice and flossing once each day is the typical recommendation; however, with Invisalign®, you may want to brush after each and every meal. Taking a travel-size toothbrush with you wherever you go may be worthy of consideration. Regular brushing is not only necessary for general oral health, but it can also help keep the Invisalign® aligners sparkling-clean and free of bacteria.

4. Try Not to Use Toothpaste to Clean the Aligners

While you should regularly clean your Invisalign® aligners, it’s typically best not to use toothpaste to accomplish this goal. Toothpastes often contain ingredients that are somewhat abrasive, which may produce a yellow sheen on the aligners. A good rinse under lukewarm (not too hot) water along with a small amount of antibacterial soap can keep the aligners fresh and clean.

These are just a few helpful tips on things you can do to make your Invisalign® treatment process go as smoothly and effectively as possible. If you would like more information, or if you are ready to schedule an Invisalign® consultation, please contact Delmarva Dental Services today.