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To help you properly care for your aligner, we have provided the following tips and guidelines:

No. 1: Don’t eat or drink
Please make sure to remove the aligner from your mouth before you eat or drink anything, except water. It is perfectly acceptable to drink water while the aligner is in your mouth; however, any other food or drink will cause sugar, bacteria, and food particles to stick to the inside of your aligner. This will result in the development and growth of tooth decay and plaque.

No. 2: Clean your aligner
Whether you believe it or not, your Invisalign aligner collects bacteria and plaque throughout the day, which is why it is very important to clean your aligner every time you brush your teeth. Clean your appliance with your Invisalign cleaning kit or with the specific cleaning solution your orthodontist recommends. Please do not use mouthwash. It is very important that you clean the aligner regularly because the bacteria and plaque can harm your smile more than you might realize.

No. 3: Store your aligner properly
Every time you take the aligner off your smile, it’s important that you put it in its case and you store it in a cool environment. It is also best if you keep it in a place that is memorable so you don’t lose it, and make sure it is out of the reach of children and pets.

No. 4: Don’t chew gum
Chewing gum while wearing the aligner can easily damage it, so please do not chew gum while the aligner is in your mouth.

If you do these four things, you will have a high chance of properly aligning your smile, preventing a number of dental issues, and finally achieving the smile you have always wanted. Call our office today if you need additional tips or if you have any questions. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!