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7 Ways to Clean Your Invisalign Trays

Honolulu Invisalign 7 Ways To Clean Invisalign

If Invisalign trays aren’t cleaned properly, they can become dingy, dull or discolored. To get your gleaming smile at the end of your treatment, you need two things — good oral hygiene and clean aligners. The good oral hygiene part is simple — brush and floss your teeth regularly to avoid cavities and decay. Cleaning your trays and keeping them invisible, while simple in practice, can be a little daunting for new patients. The question looms in every new patient’s mind: “How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?” We’ve broken the methods down for you so you can choose which works best with your daily routine.

  1. Invisalign Cleaning System — The cleaning kit comes with a tub and pack of 50 cleaning crystals and costs $75, with refill packs running at $50 a pop. To use, you combine a crystal with water and soak your aligners for 15 minutes. While easy and efficient, the cleaning system isn’t exactly cost-effective (and only available to customers in the US), which brings us to a few cheaper solutions.
  2. Efferdent or Polident — When you’re having a meal, soak your aligners in denture cleaner to keep them fresh and clean. Once they’ve soaked for about 15 minutes, take the trays out and brush off any buildup that might be left with your toothbrush. Some dentists don’t recommend denture cleansers because they say it can make the aligners look cloudy, however many patients swear by this practice.
  3. Retainer Brite — Retainer Brite can be used in the same way as denture cleaners, but differ in that it’s formulated with the proper PH that won’t harshly affect plastic.
  4. Mouthwash — Some patients like to soak their trays in mouthwash to clean them. It’s important to note that Listerine Cool Mint may leave a greenish tint on your trays. Using whitening mouthwash can sidestep this issue since the liquid is clear.
  5. Antibacterial liquid soap (hand or dish) — Brushing your aligners with antibacterial soap is an easy way to get rid of the bacteria that accumulates on your trays. Just make sure to give them a really good rinse before you put them back in your mouth.
  6. Hydrogen peroxide — Hydrogen peroxide is used mainly for its bacteria-killing power — that’s why we put it in our open wounds. Make a solution with half peroxide and half water and let your trays soak for 20 minutes. They’ll work as well as denture cleaners, etc., but is significantly cheaper. You can buy a bottle for 50 cents at a drugstore.
  7. Vinegar — Same thing as hydrogen peroxide. Just make a solution with half vinegar, half warm water and let them soak while you’re having a meal. Take them out, brush and rinse them off and let them dry before you put them back in your mouth. If you’re apprehensive about the taste, don’t worry too much. It’s only temporary.

If you want to keep it simple, a tooth brush and some toothpaste will do the job just fine, as long as you’re consistent with it. Some toothpaste can be abrasive, however, and will dull your trays. Try sensitive toothpaste if it is an issue for you.

For more information on Invisalign, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (647) 560-1255. Dr. Dino Dee is located in Honolulu, HI and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.

How Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Health

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Having straight teeth contributes to more than your self-confidence — it plays a large role in your health overall. According to studies by the American Dental Association, crooked teeth is linked to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

Strain

When teeth don’t fit together comfortably, it places strain on the jaw structure and surrounding teeth. This leads to chipping, wearing, headaches and earaches. The pressure on your jaw could also lead to severe pain in the jaw and neck. What’s more, this strain can lead to the development of TMD, or temporomandibular disorders — symptoms include severe pain and discomfort in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear.

Bacteria

Crowded teeth prevents proper care, which leads to tartar build up. The bacteria infects the tissue around the tooth and leads to periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease

Gum disease has been linked to other health concerns, such as:

  • Heart attacks — Bacteria finds its way into your bloodstream, circulates inside your blood, damages the lining of your blood vessels which then develops into clots, making you susceptible to heart attacks
  • Stroke — research suggests gum disease limits the amount of blood that flows to the brain, causing strokes
  • Low baby birth rates — Studies have shown that women who have periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to premature babies
  • Diabetes — When gums are infected, it becomes difficult for blood sugar levels to become stable

Misalignments

Some types of misalignments that can develop into serious health risks are:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Deepbite
  • Teeth gaps
  • Crowded teeth
  • Edge to edge bite

Treatments such as Invisalign greatly reduces the health risks a crooked smile poses.

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (808) 354-0718. Dr. Dino Dee is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.

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Traveling with Invisalign

Traveling with Invisalign

Whether it’s a vacation or business trip (we hope it’s a vacation), traveling will definitely alter your Invisalign routine. Here are a few tips to keep top of mind when preparing for your excursion.

Travel Tips

  1. Always take your previous set, your current set and your next set with you. That way, if you lose or break a tray, you can always fall back to the previous set.
  2. Carry your aligners in your purse or carry-on luggage when flying, in case baggage is delayed or lost.
  3. Pack an extra case. If you leave one behind in a hotel or restaurant, you’ll have a spare.
  4. Bring a travel toothbrush and floss picks. (Ask the front desk at your hotel for a travel toothbrush and toothpaste — they’ll usually provide it for free.)
  5. Keep a bottle of water handy. Rinsing your mouth and trays with it when you need to, plus staying hydrated is always a must.
  6. Keep a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer on you and use it on your hands before removing or reinserting your aligners.

Airplane Advice

As if catching a flight wasn’t already a stressful task, consider the length of the flight and how comfortable you would letting a stranger watch you take your aligners in and out of your mouth. Make sure to get an aisle seat if you can, since you’ll probably want to head to the restroom before and after meals. You can also eat something before you get on the plane, so that in-flight snacks aren’t too tempting. Don’t forget your case if you’re brushing your teeth in restrooms! At the very least, grab some paper towels to rest your aligners on to reduce the amount of germs that come into contact with your aligners.

Let us know if you have any Invisalign travel tips that we haven’t included and have a safe trip!

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (808) 354-0718. Dr. Dino Dee is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.