With the Invisalign system, patients in Katy, TX can enjoy comfortable and easy orthodontic treatment. The series of plastic aligners makes getting a straight smile much less noticeable, but still effective.

Invisalign offers benefits such as great ease of removal that traditional metal braces can’t offer, a reason that many City Smiles patients choose Invisalign for themselves. However, Invisalign does still require some care. To get the best results from your Invisalign treatment, follow these simple care tips from Dr. Salas:

1. Keep Invisalign in a safe place

One problem that patients often run into when using the Invisalign system is that the trays are small and clear, making them easy to misplace. Always make sure when you are removing your Invisalign in Katy, TX that you keep them somewhere safe, such as a case or in your purse or bag. Dr. Salas also says not to wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients think this is a good place for them, but tend to forget and end up accidentally tossing the napkin out! Additionally, if you have pets at home, make sure your aligners are always high up and out of their reach, as the plastic material may be appealing for them to chew on or play with. And of course, if you do accidentally misplace your Invisalign aligners, be sure to contact City Smiles immediately.

2. Remove Invisalign to eat and drink

One of the great benefits of Invisalign treatment is that they can be removed. Take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you are eating or drinking. Leaving them in can lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks (remember, they are made of plastic!). Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.

3. Clean your Invisalign thoroughly and properly

To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. City Smiles believes Invisalign should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. To do so, Dr. Salas recommends purchasing a small baby toothbrush, and brushing the insides of the aligners softly, with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Another method that many of our patients use is to soak Invisalign aligners in denture cleaner. Just fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak. City Smiles says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.

4. Wear Invisalign as directed

The most important aspect of Invisalign care is using the system properly. Be sure to always follow the exact instructions from City Smiles. Likely, this will mean never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and being sure to change to your new set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Additionally, patients should remember not to take the trays out when playing sports or participating in other activities, because these could take a long time and may throw off the schedule and mess up your final result.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following City Smiles easy instructions, patients can ensure their success with this system. If you are looking for an Invisalign provider near Katy TX, or have any questions about your system and how to care for it, Contact City Smiles at (281) 589-6100.