If you have Invisalign retainers, it's probably very important to you to keep them clean and to take good care of them. If you are thinking about using Invisalign treatments, you might be wondering about the process of cleaning them. Either way, these are some of the basic steps that you will need to follow when taking care of Invisalign retainers.
Remove and Rinse
One of the great things about Invisalign retainers is the fact that they can be easily removed so that they can be cleaned. When compared with traditional braces, which can be quite difficult to clean, this can be the better choice. Each morning and night, simply remove your retainers and hold them under a stream of water to rinse them. This will help get rid of food particles and other debris that might have gotten caught in them while you were wearing them. Additionally, you can use a gentle soap to clean them to get rid of bacteria; just make sure that you rinse them thoroughly before you put them back in.
Your dental care professional can tell you about cleaning crystals that are available directly from Invisalign. These can be used to soak your retainers, which can help them get nice and clean.
Clean Your Teeth and Mouth
When your retainers are soaking, take the time to clean your teeth and mouth thoroughly. Along with brushing your teeth, floss at least once per day, and consider rinsing with mouthwash to get rid of any bacteria. This can help you ensure your mouth is fresh and clean and ready for you to put your clear retainers back in.
As you can see, taking care of Invisalign retainers is actually surprisingly easy. In fact, this is one of many reasons why many people choose Invisalign over more traditional braces. If you currently have Invisalign retainers, you should be following these steps to take proper care of them. If you have any additional questions about taking care of your clear retainers, your dental care professional should be able to provide you with guidance.
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