I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
Many people decide to use Invisalign rather than metal braces because they are almost impossible for others to notice when you're wearing them. Unfortunately, some people become very disappointed to discover that their Invisalign trays have turned a slight yellow color that makes them noticeable. Thankfully, you can avoid this situation if you keep these tips in mind.
Brush After Each Meal
Since wearing Invisalign requires you to remove the trays to brush, some people decide to skip brushing after meals because it is too big of a hassle. Putting those trays back in after a meal while the teeth are dirty is what can contribute to your trays becoming yellow. If you are unable to brush after lunch in the middle of the day, try to rinse out your mouth as thoroughly as you can before you put an Invisalign tray back into your mouth.
Stick To Regular Toothpaste
Don't make the mistake of using a fancy toothpaste that has teeth whitening power, or additional ingredients that are designed to fight tooth sensitivity. It is possible that the ingredients in these toothpastes can contribute to the aligners becoming yellow.
When getting your Invisalign trays, check with your dentist to see if they recommend you use a specific type of toothpaste while you're going through the treatment. They may recommend that you stick with a normal toothpaste with fluoride in it.
Watch What You Drink
While Invisalign must be removed when you are eating, you can actually leave them in while you drink. That said, dark beverages, like soda and coffee, can actually cause Invisalign aligners to become stained. Be mindful of what you drink when the trays are in and know that it is always safe if you stick to drinking water. You should also avoid colored beverages when wearing the aligners, like wine, grape juice, or fruit punch.
If you want to drink these beverages, just be mindful of removing the Invisalign trays or drink them at meals when you have the aligners out for a long period of time.
The good news is that Invisalign trays are only meant to be worn for two weeks. If you made a mistake that caused discoloration, you'd be on your next tray very soon. If you find that you are constantly dealing with tray discoloration, speak to your dentist to find out what you could be doing. They may have some tips that can prevent it from occurring. Contact a company like RTC Dental for more information and assistance.