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So, you’re well on your way to straight teeth with Invisalign® aligners. That’s great! They really are a wonderful option for those who want to avoid “metal mouth” and fly under the radar in social situations by circumventing traditional braces .

Now that you have them, you must take good care of them. To help you with that task, we have provided a to-don’t list of things you shouldn’t do.

Eating and Drinking Don’ts

It may not seem like such a big deal to eat or drink with them in, your aligners can become damaged and discolored by food and drink. So, the official word from your orthodontist is to refrain from any eating or drinking, except for water, while you are wearing them.

Cleaning Product Don’ts

No toothpaste or colored cleaning products should be used on your aligners. Toothpaste contains abrasives that may scratch tiny grooves in the plastic, making visible marks that can be seen when wearing. There is also the risk of discoloration when using anything but a clear cleaner. Since you can use common antibacterial soap to clean your aligners, be wary of forgetting this fact and accidentally picking one with dyes for color. That spruce smelling soap might turn your smile green.

Bathroom Counter Don’t

Leaving them on the bathroom counter is a risky proposition for breakage, bacteria, and the practical jokes of your little sister. Don’t allow them to be vulnerable. Store them in a safe place when you are not wearing them.

If you’d like more information about Invisalign aligners, call Drs. Barnes and Knowlton and our team at Derek C. Barnes, DMD. You can make an appointment at: 704-849-6700, or come by our office in Charlotte, North Carolina.