You have decided to take the orthodontic route because you want straight and even teeth. Instead of going with traditional braces, you have opted for the up-to-date ground-breaking technology known as Invisalign. These clear removable retainers will move your smile into line. You need to follow your dentist's instructions to guarantee successful results and you also need to keep the aligners as clean and sanitary as possible.
It is easy to keep the retainers clean. All you need for the process of hygiene is a toothbrush or a special retainer brush, a denture cleaner or one specifically meant for I Invisalign braces. You will also need a tube of toothpaste. Ask the orthodontist what type of brush and paste are most recommended for your dental appliances. It will only take you minutes per day to ensure that cleanliness in your mouth with these removable items takes place.
Take the Invisalign out of your mouth and give it a good rinsing under the tap with tepid water. This means that the water is either cold nor hot, instead it is in between. Take the special brush you will be using or a soft bristled toothbrush and apply a small drop of toothpaste to it. Put small circular motions to work to gently brush the aligner. You want to brush the entire device, both on the inside surface and the outside. Leave no spot untouched by the brush.
Once the brushing process is complete, rinse the brace under the water once again to get all of the toothpaste off if it. Use tepid water this time as well.
Do an inspection of the appliance to look for any signs of calcium build-up. Just as your teeth are vulnerable to the development of calcification (also known as tartar), so are your clear aligners. It will look like a cloudy white film. If there is build-up, eliminating it with the brush may prove to be a challenge.
What you need to do when it comes to tartar development is to soak the aligner in either a denture bath or a retention cleaner cleaning solution. You can purchase these products at pharmacies and grocery stores. Read the label on the package and follow the instructions. You can also purchase the Invisalign Cleaning System from the manufacturer if you would prefer to do that.
After the cleaning and hygiene process is finished, you can put the dental device back into your mouth. It should have a clean feel to it.
Do not cut corners and soak your dental mouthpiece in mouthwash to kill germs and to disinfect it. Mouthwash has a different purpose to it and most of these products have a color pigment to them. The resin material of the clear braces may end up with color from the wash which could cause the retainers to become tinted. Your braces will not look so clear after this so avoid using mouth rinse to soak your appliances. It is important that you clean these devices every time that you brush your teeth.
Most of the people in the United States have had braces at one time or another unless you have straight teeth. If you are one of those that had braces and now have a child who has braces, you will be able to guide them along on the path of dealing with the things that come with them. Braces are known to hinder normal chewing that cleans and showers the teeth. There are many other things that will need to be done to keep the teeth and braces clean. It will not do to get cavities on top of having to wear the braces. The brackets and braces that are used will cover the exterior of the teeth but the wires attached to them will be something that will definitely get in the way.
When food gets stuck in the teeth, it will start to form plaque and this will eventually lead to cavities from the bacteria it creates. Diseases of the gum are also included in this because they are also created by bacteria and can lead to gum swelling and infection. To stop all this from happening to the child that has braces, you will need to teach them the right ways to clean their mouths and braces.
Brushing your teeth with braces on is a little different than if you do not have any. The leading dental professionals will tell you that those with braces should brush immediately after meals or after eating anything no matter how small it may be. The child will need to start bringing a small travel toothbrush with them wherever they go so they will have it handy. Listed below are some of the other ways to teach children about the proper oral care when they have braces.
The first thing is to learn to use the toothbrush correctly. The brush will need to be held at a forty five degree angle. Start by brushing between the wires and the gums to start to get the food and debris loose enough to get rid of. Start on the exterior of the teeth on the top. Do not brush more that three teeth at a time to make sure that you get each one correctly. Brush in a circular motion for at least a ten count. Move to the next set of teeth and once the outside of the teeth are finished, the cycle is repeated for the inside of the teeth. Rinse the mouth effectively and also the toothbrush to make sure that it is totally clean. Use a dental mirror to make sure that no visible food is left in the braces. Flossing in between the wires and directly under the brackets and using mouthwash will finish out the cleaning.
Most of the techniques that are used for those wear bracelets are the same for those who do not. If your braces include wires, you will need to clean them thoroughly and give special attention to the amount of time spent on the cleaning and the amount of cleanings per day. You may have to give your child an incentive of some kind to get them motivated to accomplish this task. Whatever method it takes to get them to clean their braces and teeth in the correct way will be a great benefit when they learn it all. In the years that follow, they will be glad you took the time to show them.[Top]