What Will Stain Invisalign?

15 Nov 2019 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources, Invisalign

invisalign teen clear alignersIf you want a beautiful, straight smile without having to deal with the hassle and inconvenience of traditional metal braces, then Invisalign could be the perfect choice for you! During your consultation with a cosmetic dentist, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, including how to avoid staining them because they can become discolored or even warped. However, taking a few simple precautions can easily prevent this.

Here’s what will stain Invisalign aligners

Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material. This means that anything that could potentially stain your teeth may also stain them– including juice, energy drinks, and wine. It’s important to note that you should not consume any hot beverages while wearing your aligners, including coffee and tea. Not only will these drinks stain your aligners, but the heat will also warp the plastic, and you may end up needing to order a replacement set.

Here’s how to eat and drink with Invisalign aligners

If you’re going to drink anything other than water, you should first remove the aligners and place them in their protective case. Then, eat or drink anything you want. Before putting your aligners back in, brush your teeth, and brush and rinse the aligners. This prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces the risk of the aligners getting discolored.

How to remove stains from Invisalign aligners

However, if they do acquire a few unsightly stains, there is something you can try. First, do not try brushing your aligners with whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can damage them. Instead, order the soaking crystals from Invisalign. They are specially designed to clean the aligners and lift minor stains. Fill a cup with lukewarm—not hot—water and add the soaking crystals. Add your aligners and soak them for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Things to consider

Although Invisalign aligners readily take on stains, it’s important to note that you will not wear the same set of aligners for your entire treatment. So, if you’re dealing with a stubborn stain that won’t respond to your cleaning efforts, you may be comforted to know that you’ll soon be switching to the next set in the series. Each patient’s treatment plan can vary slightly. However, most patients are advised to wear each set of aligners for two weeks.

Schedule your one-on-one Invisalign consult in Huntington today!

When you’re ready for a Hollywood smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about Invisalign. You can schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We specialize in smile makeovers that instill self-confidence. Get in touch today with our office in Huntington, Long Island.

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