The Importance of Oral Hygiene While Wearing Invisalign Aligners

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Good dental hygiene is important for everyone, but it is more important if you’re wearing Invisalign Aligners! Why? When you’re wearing Invisalign, a contemporary and effective method of straightening teeth, you want to walk out of treatment with a brand new healthy smile that is cavity free.

Although metal braces are known to trap food residues easily, certain precautions still need to be made with Invisalign. Therefore, oral hygiene is a must. When food particles are lodged near tooth surfaces and you don’t clean your teeth, the particles can lead to the formation of plaque (a thin coating of organic debris, which contains harmful bacteria). During your Invisalign treatment, it is harder to remove particles, and you are more susceptible to plaque formation. The bacteria in plaque absorbs sugar from your food, which produces acids that can irritate gums and corrode teeth. This erosion and irritation can then lead to dental cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Keeping plaque under control through proper brushing and flossing of teeth, as well as maintaining clean aligners, will keep you from developing oral cavities or gum disease during treatment.

Also, proper dental hygiene can make sure that your Invisalign treatment stays on track. If you don’t want to wear your aligners for an extended period longer than originally planned by your dentist, then make sure that you keep your oral health at its best state.

If you want to achieve a perfect smile after your Invisalign treatment, always perform your oral hygiene routine with utmost care. To learn more about proper dental hygiene while wearing Invisalign Aligners, contact us at Harfield Orthodontics in Calgary!

– Dr. Harfield

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