2 Tips For Caring For Your Invisalign Retainers

13 March 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you have decided to go with Invisalign retainers for your braces, you are likely really excited to get started. The Invisalign retainers are going to differ from regular braces in the fact that they are made out of clear plastic and are practically invisible when you speak, smile, etc. This makes them an excellent fit for those who want straight teeth but don't want their braces to be seen. However, just as with regular braces, you have to make sure that you take good care of them. Thankfully, there are certain things that you can do to ensure that your Invisalign braces stay in good condition and are able to move your teeth as they should. This article is going to discuss 2 tips for caring for your Invisalign retainers. 

Keep Them Out Of The Heat 

Because your Invisalign retainers are made out of plastic, it is going to be very important that you keep them out of the heat. This means that you shouldn't leave them in your car on a hot day if you take them out to eat a meal but should instead put them in a clean container and store them inside of a bag that you will be taking inside with you. If the retainer was to get too hot, it would likely melt or become misshapen. This would make the retainer pointless for straightening your teeth, and the retainer would be very expensive for you to replace. Also, when you are cleaning your retainer, avoid using water that is too hot because this can also cause your retainer to melt. 

Avoid Dark Colored Liquids 

When wearing your retainers, or even when you are cleaning them, you are going to want to avoid using, eating, and/or drinking colored (and especially dark colored) liquids and foods. These colored liquids and foods are likely going to have dyes in them that can easily stain your retainers when they come in contact with them. When eating and drinking, avoid things like colored sodas, coffee, teas, jello, etc. A

lso, when you are cleaning your retainers each day, you are going to want to avoid soaking them in mouthwash. Most mouthwashes are going to be colored, and this coloring can cause your retainers to absorb this color. This is especially true if you are soaking the retainer in the mouthwash because it will be in the solution for an extended period of time. Talk to a dentist for additional info.