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Summer Care Tips for Your Invisalign Aligners

 As we fully embrace the summer season, staying proactive in keeping our Invisalign aligners clean is as essential as ever. Our team at Swan Orthodontics is always here to provide you with the best patient-focused orthodontic care.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips on the best ways to take care of your aligners during the hot days ahead.

Why Summer Aligner Care Matters

Just as the summertime calls for a different wardrobe and activities, it requires a unique approach to maintaining the health of your Invisalign aligners. The increase in summertime activities, snacks, and beverages can significantly affect your aligners. Not only can neglecting proper care impact the effectiveness of your treatment, but it can also lead to oral complications that might require extended treatment. 

Cleaning Remains Key

The number one rule in aligner care, regardless of the season, is to ensure your Invisalign aligners are clean. Apply gentle brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush without toothpaste—toothpaste can dull the aligners and scratch them. After eating or drinking anything other than water, brush and floss your teeth to remove any food particles or residue, and clean your aligners before putting them back in.

Hydration: Aligner Care’s Best Friend

Whether you’re at the beach, at a park, or just soaking up the sun at home, staying hydrated is a must for your body and your aligners! Regularly drinking water will help wash away food debris, maintain saliva production, and prevent dry mouth, which could potentially damage your aligners.

Be Wary of the Sun

Just like us, your Invisalign aligners don’t perform well under extreme heat. High temperatures can warp and distort your aligners. If you’re out enjoying the summer sun, make sure you safely store your aligners away in their protective case.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Regardless of the season, taking care of your Invisalign aligners can be a simple way to maintain your oral health and ensure your treatment goes smoothly. To learn more about Invisalign or get more tips on how best to take care of your aligners, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Swan Orthodontics today! With Dr. Kathryn Swan’s years of experience and expert knowledge, your teeth and your smile could not be in better hands. Call our Caledonia, MI office at 616-698-2323 or fill out our online contact form