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Caring For Your Braces

As a team of dentists that serve the Manchester area, we’re well-versed in all things braces. Today, we’re imparting some of our knowledge and wisdom through a quick, FAQ-style post that asks common questions about how to look after your Invisalign braces, to ensure you get the best possible treatment outcome. Read on to find out answers to popular queries like XXX and XXX, and don’t forget to book a consultation if you need that expert opinion.

How do I look after my braces?

Your Invisalign is susceptible to breaking, staining and potentially, loss (since it’s removable). So, we’ll first focus on those three concerns and how to avoid a bad outcome.

1. Breakages

In most cases we’ve heard of where Invisalign braces have become cracked or damaged, it’s been down to leaving them out of their case or eating/chewing food while wearing them. Both of these are pretty easily avoided, and it’s good to know that Invisalign are generally quite durable!

2. Staining

As previously mentioned, eating while wearing your Invisalign is a no-no. Part of their appeal is their clear, discreet design – so don’t jeopardise it by keeping them in for meals, snacks and gum.

3. Loss

Invisalign are clear – so it follows that they’re harder to spot when not in their case. Whenever you remove them, pop them into their storage case, even if it’s just for a minute or two. The last thing you want is to knock them on the floor, forget to put them back in, or even sit on them accidentally.

How do I clean my braces?

You’ll need to follow a few simple steps.

1. Rinsing

You’ll have to rinse your braces when you take them out AND when you put them back in. This just keeps them a bit more hygienic.

2. Soaking

You’ll need to soak your aligners every few days in denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals (ask our dentists about these). Be very careful to follow the instructions on the packet.

3. Brushing

You can use a very soft bristled brush to gently dislodge any food bits that might have got stuck to your braces (yes, even though you need to remove them when you eat). Don’t use any harsh chemicals on your aligners, or scrub them to clean them.

How do I clean my teeth?

Luckily, you can follow the same oral routine for two minutes a day, twice a day. That means:

1. Brushing

Using a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth. Anything too hard can cause sore gums and actually wear away your tooth enamel. If you’re unsure, just chat to our dentists.

2. Flossing

Dental tape or floss is great to reach between the teeth, especially in cases of gaps and crowding. Use a side-to-side motion and wiggle gently as you go.

3. Mouthwash

You can opt for a mouthwash between these oral care sessions. Fluoride is a must!

Talk to our team

We’d love to help people in and around Manchester with their dental health, especially caring for braces. Get in touch to talk to our team today.