One of the great things about the aligner method of straightening teeth is that more people are achieving straighter smiles and better oral health. Invisalign is a comfortable, appealing treatment that can achieve a number of goals. Even before treatment has been completed, Invisalign patients notice an improvement in their level of confidence. Though there are many benefits to be had by choosing Invisalign for a straighter smile, it is important to be mindful of oral hygiene practices during treatment.
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An attractive aspect of Invisalign is the fact that aligner trays are removable. With this feature, teeth can be brushed and flossed just as they always have been. This type of assumption is only partially true. If oral hygiene has been lacking in terms of efficiency, we want to strive for improvement in the area of oral cleaning at the onset of treatment. Otherwise, it becomes very easy for bacteria to accumulate in areas between teeth and also between teeth and aligners.
The goal of our dental team is to promote healthy smiles. This is true before, during, and after teeth straightening with Invisalign. We want to see pink, healthy gums and cavity-free teeth. If swelling, redness, or tenderness occur in the gums, we become concerned that bacteria are causing infection in these tissues. Gum disease is a condition that, when treated quickly, can be eliminated. Because there are fewer visits during Invisalign treatment than with traditional braces, it is very important to schedule a visit if such symptoms develop.
Ideally, daily brushing and flossing will achieve the desired effect of oral cleanliness and bacteria will not accumulate underneath aligners. Rather than just moving the toothbrush across teeth quickly, this task should be done with care. Every surface of teeth should be brushed gently as demonstrated by your dentist or hygienist. At least two minutes should be spent brushing twice a day. Some Invisalign patients will choose to brush after every meal, which certainly is a good idea. After brushing at night, teeth should be carefully flossed, otherwise bacteria remain in between teeth and under the gums, where they can quickly multiply.
In addition to cleaning teeth and gums, there are benefits to carefully cleaning aligners on a daily basis. If bacteria collect on the aligner, a problem with bad breath may occur. Accumulated bacteria also means in increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Aligners are easy to clean. Just rinse them under cool water anytime they are taken out for meals or other tasks.
A beautiful smile includes healthy gums and fresh breath. Achieve your healthiest, most attractive smile with Invisalign braces from Dentistry on 10, near Brampton. Call (905) 455-9262 today.