Getting straight teeth isn't something that comes cheap; in fact, it can cost thousands of dollars on average. If you didn't get braces at as a kid, then you will have to front the cost as an adult. Rather than getting traditional metal braces, however, you may want to consider another alternative like Invisalign.
Invisalign involves using a set of clear aligner trays that are used to slowly straighten your teeth. The great thing about Invisalign trays is that it's hard to tell that you have anything on your teeth and you can take them out when you are eating. Basically, you can get rid of the hassle of regular braces while still getting similar results. Because Invisalign is a lot more expensive that metal braces, though, it's important that you take good care of them.
Gently Brush Your Aligners
When you take your aligners out to eat or brush your teeth, also gently brush them. The trick to brushing your aligners though is to only apply a small amount of pressure because they can be a bit delicate. Also, make sure that you brush them with some toothpaste so that you can fight off germs. If you would rather soak your aligners in a solution, ask your dentist about what they may recommend.
Floss and Brush Your Teeth
Flossing and brushing your teeth isn't just something you should do in the morning and at night when you have Invisalign. Why? Because if you put your trays back and you have things stuck inside of your teeth, it may damage your Invisalign trays and make it so they don't work well. Get into the habit of bringing a travel toothbrush and flossers with you to work or to lunch; that way, you can excuse yourself, brush and floss and then put your aligners right back in.
If you for some reason can't brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in, try at least to rinse your mouth with some water several times to loosen anything that's trapped in your teeth.
The better you take care of your Invisalign trays, the better they will work for you. The great thing about taking care of your trays is that it's really easy to do. If you want to learn a little bit more about Invisalign and how it can perfect your smile, reach out to a dentist near you today.