At a casual glance, others may not notice you're wearing Invisalign clear aligners due to the fact they are made of clear plastic. Our BC and Alberta orthodontists explain a couple of things about clear aligners in this post.
Can people tell if I'm wearing Invisalign?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment consists of a set of transparent, removable aligners that are worn over the teeth. Invisalign's clear, thin plastic aligners are worn over your teeth to gradually bring them into their proper positions.
If you keep your aligners clean and well-maintained, other people may have a tough time seeing that you're using them.
However, the reality is that whether or not someone can see your aligners will be determined mostly by that person's proximity to your mouth.
Someone looking at your mouth from far away will likely not detect the presence of any dental appliances. However, if the person is looking at your mouth from a closer distance they may be able to tell.
How can I keep my Invisalign clear aligners clean?
A stained or dirty set of Invisalign clear aligners are normally much easier to spot than a clean pair. Therefore, if you don't want people to know you are wearing them, it's generally a good idea to try and keep them as clean as possible.
When you take your aligners out of your mouth, make sure you rinse them well under running water before putting them back in. Whenever you clean your aligners (which should be done at least once or twice a day), avoid using toothpaste since it will likely damage them. Only clear, anti-bacterial mild soap and warm water should be used on them, and they should be brushed softly. Using Invisalign's specific cleaning crystals once a week can help keep your aligners in good condition. You can soak your aligners in this solution after the crystals have dissolved in the water.
These measures should be followed throughout your orthodontic treatment to ensure that your aligners are kept clean and clear of the bacteria, plaque, and germs that can build on them.
You should not eat while wearing your aligners. One of the most appealing aspects of Invisalign is the fact that you may remove them whenever you need to. It is critical that you remove them before eating or drinking to avoid accidentally damaging or staining them. Only water may be consumed while wearing your aligners.
Keep your Invisalign clear aligners safe and secure in their case when they are not in your mouth; make this a habit. It will save you time and frustration later. Whatever the reason for taking them out, whether it's for a meal or merely to brush your teeth, they must be returned to their case. It is possible that you will damage your aligners or even lose them if you do not adhere to this rule. Make sure you have your case with you at all times!