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