8 Summer Care Tips from Our Invisalign® Dentists

Invisalign Dentists Grandville MI

Our Invisalign® dentists in Grandville, MI, want to make sure you have all the facts you need to remain healthy and happy during clear aligner treatment. Whether you’re a complete newbie to Invisalign aligners or you’re an orthodontic pro, there’s always something new to learn.

Here’s what our Invisalign dentists want you to know about caring for your smile and aligners this summer.

1. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during hot summer months. Hydration helps keep your mouth moist, reducing the risk of dryness and discomfort when wearing Invisalign clear aligners.

2. Remove Aligners When Swimming

While swimming, it’s best to remove your Invisalign aligners to avoid the potential damage caused by chlorine or saltwater. Store them in their case to keep them safe while enjoying your swim.

3. Clean Aligners Properly

Clean your orthodontic aligners regularly to prevent bacteria buildup. Rinse them with lukewarm water every time you remove them, and use a soft toothbrush to gently brush them with a mild, clear antibacterial soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and damage the aligners.

4. Protect Your Aligners from Heat

Excessive heat can warp or distort your clear aligners. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight, hot cars, or other high-temperature environments. Keep them in a cool, dry place when not wearing them.

5. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

We understand the temptation to snack throughout the day, especially if you’re off from school for summer vacation. However, it’s important that you continue to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly after eating and before reinserting your aligners. This helps prevent food particles from getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

6. Avoid Sugary or Acidic Beverages with Aligners

Acidic and sugary drinks, such as soda, fruit juices, or sports drinks, can increase the risk of tooth decay and stain the aligners. If you want to enjoy these beverages, remove your aligners, consume the drink, rinse your mouth, and then brush your teeth before reinserting the aligners.

7. Pack a Dental Hygiene Kit for Travel

If you’re going on vacation or spending time away from home, pack a dental hygiene kit that includes a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a case for your aligners. This ensures you can maintain your oral hygiene routine even when you’re on the go.

8. Stick to Your Invisalign Treatment Schedule

Summer vacations and activities can sometimes disrupt routines, but it’s important to stay consistent with your Invisalign treatment. Wear your aligners as directed by our dentists, typically around 20-22 hours a day, to achieve the best results within the expected timeframe.

Schedule an Invisalign Appointment

Our Invisalign dentists in Grandville, MI, are proud to serve patients throughout Greater Grand Rapids. To schedule an Invisalign consultation or learn more about clear aligner treatment, please call 44 West Dental Professionals at (616) 530-2200. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.