Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

How to Take Care of Invisalign Clear Aligners

Smiling young adult girl holding a clear aligner like Invisalign

If you are looking for a straighter smile, you may be interested in Invisalign®. At Stono Dental Care in Johns Island, SC, we are dedicated to providing you with the best orthodontic care so you can get the smile of your dreams. Here, we’ll discuss Invisalign in more detail and explain how to take care of Invisalign clear aligners.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a wonderful alternative to traditional braces. Instead of using metal wires and brackets to move your teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are basically invisible. Besides being clear, the aligners are also removable. This is nice if you have a big job interview coming up or a wedding or other big event over the weekend. You can temporarily remove your aligners so you can feel your best at these events. You can also take them out when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. This allows you to keep your mouth clean more easily than with traditional braces, which are hard to brush and floss around. Another great benefit of Invisalign is that it can take less time to straighten teeth than traditional braces.

How Do You Take Care of Invisalign Clear Aligners?

You can clean your Invisalign clear aligners by combining warm water with a tiny bit of gentle liquid soap and then soaking your aligners in that solution for 20 to 30 minutes. It also works to gently scrub them with liquid soap and a soft toothbrush. Don’t scrub your aligners with toothpaste because they’ll get scratched. You can also soak them in a mixture made of one part white vinegar and three parts warm water. Soaking your Invisalign clear aligners for one hour in a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and ½ cup of warm water also works well. If you don’t want to make your own or don’t have these ingredients handy, you can also buy retainer cleaner at any drugstore.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign’s plastic aligners move your teeth into alignment in a slightly different way than traditional braces do. The metal wires and brackets of traditional braces pull your teeth into place. On the other hand, clear aligners gently push your teeth into the right placement. The first few days after getting traditional braces tightened can be uncomfortable. Clear aligners fit snugly over your teeth and the gentle pressure is barely noticeable. To properly straighten your teeth, you’ll need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. Depending on how much realignment your teeth need, you will swap out your aligners every couple of weeks. This way, your aligners are constantly moving your teeth into the right position.

Orthodontics at Stono Dental Care

Our patients love Invisalign clear aligners and we love straightening teeth. Braces aren’t just for kids! Invisalign is especially popular with adults who have always wanted to straighten their teeth or whose teeth have shifted after many years out of braces. Call our Johns Island office today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Contact Us

Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
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  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
    
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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