Invisalign: 3 Ways to Protect Your Trays

Wearing Invisalign treatment trays is a very exciting time! You’re looking forward to a speedy transformation that will leave you with a gorgeous, aligned grin, after all. However, it’s just as important that you’re feeling as protective of your trays as you are elated. Why? Well, if you neglect them, they can become damaged. This can slow down the process of your orthodontic work and can even leave you with the threat of oral health problems. Let’s talk about some ways you can make sure your care is on the up and up.

#1: Don’t Eat With Them

As we suggest, you should be taking your Invisalign treatment trays out when you’re going to eat (or drink something that isn’t cool or lukewarm water). Why so? First, your trays are clear. They won’t be clear much longer if you eat or drink with them in place because they will stain. You might also end up damaging them when you chew. Then of course, there’s the fact that food and drink particles will get trapped in the tray, where they sit against your teeth and gums all day (an easy way to end up with cavities and gum disease).

#2: Stay Away From Hot Liquids

You want to keep your Invisalign treatment trays away from hot liquids. This includes hot water when you’re cleaning them, as well as any type of hot beverages or soups. The high temperature of these liquids can cause the trays to warp, which means they will no longer provide you effective treatment.

#3: Create A Storage Plan

You need to decide ahead of time how you will store your Invisalign treatment trays in a variety of cases. What do you do during meal times at home? When you’re out and about? When you’re in class or working? Make plans, so you don’t casually stuff them into your pocket or worse yet, accidentally lose them.

Protect Your Invisalign Trays

Talk with us about the best way to make sure your treatment trays remain safe and sound. You can schedule a checkup and cleaning with Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565.