There is a feature unique to Invisalign patients – you must put your fingers in your mouth multiple times a day to remove your trays and handle them. There is no way around this part of your treatment, but it does expose you to an excess of cold and flu germs compared to the average person. Here’s how to beat the odds and work to avoid getting sick.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is the top rule of removing and reinserting Invisalign no matter what time of the year it is. Always wash your hands before you put your fingers in your mouth, take out an aligner, or put a tray back in so you don’t subject yourself to any bacteria you may have picked up in between.
If it isn’t possible for you to wash your hands every time you remove your trays, invest in a small aligner removal tool that fits in your storage case and does the work for you. The less you need to use your hands to grab onto Invisalign the better.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It’s more important than ever to keep your Invisalign aligners clean in winter, but don’t forget about your teeth. Anyone who wears adult braces or Invisalign Teen must brush multiple times a day, change out your toothbrush or tooth head (if you use an electric toothbrush) regularly, and keep your trays clean with a daily soak. It doesn’t take much effort to maintain great oral hygiene and every little step helps keep you healthy.
Wash Your Case
Your case works hard to keep your aligners safe when they’re not in your mouth. They also store saliva, bacteria, germs, and other unsavory items, which can stick to the case and find their way into your mouth. Clean your case as often as possible – run it through the dishwasher if you can or, at the very least, clean it with soap and water daily to keep germs away.
Keep Your Work or Study Area Clear
Whether you’re wearing Invisalign for adults or Invisalign Teen, if you are someone who simply sets down their aligner wherever they happen to be, you open yourself up to danger. Putting a tray on your mousepad might seem convenient while you have a quick snack, but desk areas are busy, covered in germs, and not a good spot to park Invisalign trays. Rely on your case and wipe up your work or study area regularly.
Drink Plenty of Water
There are plenty of health benefits that come from drinking water and staying hydrated, especially during cold and flu season. Drink as much water as you want while you have your Invisalign aligners in your mouth without being subjected to any stains or odors. You can help ward off dry mouth, bad breath, and tooth decay.
Yes, it’s cold and flu season, but winter is a great time of year to become an Invisalign patient. Schedule a consultation with orthodontists Drs. Roberts or de Marsche in Center City, Philadelphia, to learn more.