In this post, our North York dentists talk about the items you need to keep with you throughout your Invisalign treatment, so your clear aligners can stay fresh and clean as you go about your day.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to let you keep living your life as normal, while still providing you with the orthodontic treatment you require.
While your life will probably not be drastically altered to accommodate your orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you will have to be mindful of. You will have to brush and floss your teeth more frequently and keep your aligners safe when you are not wearing them in order to keep them clean and fresh, so there are a few essential items you need to carry with you for the duration of your treatment.
First, you will need a pouch where you can keep all of your Invisalign maintenance items. This has to be something durable that you can toss in your bag, backpack, desk, or locker. You're also going to want the pouch to have a zipper and a lining that's water-resistant (for damp toothbrushes).
Your Aligner Case
When you don't have your aligners in your mouth, they should be clean and stored in your aligner case. Carry this case with you at all times so that you have a safe, clean place to store your aligners while you're eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Those who do not carry their aligner case with them have a higher chance of breaking or damaging their aligners, which will cause delays in treatment while you wait for the tray to be replaced.
Keep your favourite lip balm in your kit. Your lips can get dry during orthodontic treatment, especially when you are getting accustomed to your aligners. Be prepared, so you don't experience any more discomfort.
Floss, Travel Toothbrush, & Toothpaste.
Every time you remove your aligners to eat, you should brush and floss your teeth afterward. You really don’t want food particles and debris getting stuck between your aligners and your teeth for the rest of the day, so be sure you brush and floss thoroughly before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
“Outie” Aligner Removal Tool
There will be times when your aligners will be especially tight, particularly when you first switch over to a new set. This useful tool can help you detach your aligner from your teeth in these situations.
Breath Spray or Mints
You aren't able to chew gum with your Invisalign aligners in place, so if you're concerned about having bad breath, mints or breath spray will help you feel more confident.