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A Guide To Aftercare: Invisible Braces & Invisalign

As part of our aftercare series, we’re looking at how best to care for your teeth when you’ve had invisible braces or Invisalign aligners fitted. Both treatments are a commitment so we have advice on how to look after your braces, in and out of your mouth.

Invisalign treatments include wearing removable aligners which are resized and replaced every two weeks. Because they’re removable, it is important to keep the aligners, and your teeth, clean and cared for throughout your treatment to ensure best results.

Clear and Invisible braces are similar to traditional braces, but use strong transparent or white plastic rather than metal brackets and wires.

Tips for looking after your Invisalign aligners

It is vital to keep your aligners clean during your treatment to avoid bacteria build-up and discolouration. To keep them as invisible as possible just follow these straightforward steps.

  • DO use Invisalign crystals to soak the aligners in rather than damage them with harsh chemicals.
  • DO brush your teeth after every meal or drink & before putting on any aligners to prevent bacteria build-up and discolouration.
  • DO rinse aligners after taking them out to avoid staining.
  • DO gently brush your aligners with clear anti-bacterial liquids.
  • DO keep your aligners in a box when not in use – mainly so you don’t lose them!
  • DON’T use mouthwash or toothpaste to clean your aligners – this will damage them.
  • DON’T drink dark liquids such as coffee, cola and wine with your aligners in, and brush before putting them back in.

Tips for looking after your invisible braces

Invisible braces are fixed just like a normal brace, meaning they can’t be removed and cleaned like an Invisalign. This means it’s even more important to look after your teeth and practice good oral hygiene during your treatment, to ensure you achieve the best results with no staining to your teeth.

  • DO use a fluoride mouthwash to reach the parts of your mouth your toothbrush can’t.
  • DO buy interdental brushes, to get behind the wire of your brace.
  • DON’T eat hard boiled sweets, which can snap the wires of your brace.
  • DON’T, or at least try to avoid, eating or drinking things that’ll stain your clear braces – this includes coffee, wine, curry and tomato-based meals.


For more information about invisible braces and Invisalign, visit our Invisible Braces page, or call Shifnal Dental Care on 01952 460199 to book a consultation with our treatment coordinator, Katherine.

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