How Do I Keep My Invisalign Clean?

Invisalign Ossining, NY

If you have recently been fitted for Invisalign near Ossining, NY, the team at Glaser Orthodontics would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile! Dr. Barry J. Glaser knows that while the clear aligners are in your mouth doing the important work of straightening teeth, it’s also crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your Invisalign tray clean. The Glaser Orthodontics team recommends that their patients follow these tips to keep their Invisalign clear aligners clean and working properly.

Tips to keep your Invisalign clean.

  • Saliva and plaque may collect on the plastic trays, and that creates the perfect home for harmful or odor-causing bacteria. It is important to clean your aligners every time you take them out. (You take your aligners out before you eat, right?) Brush your aligner the same way you brush your teeth; with a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush. You should also brush and floss your teeth while you’re at it. That will help to reduce bacteria also.
  • Soak your aligner in a product like Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, Retainer Brite, or even denture cleaner once or twice a week. Avoid a colored denture cleaner; it may stain or color your aligners. 
  • Avoid foods that may stain your aligners. Tea, coffee, wine, and sodas stain the aligners most often. Hot drinks may warp the plastic trays into a position that no longer fits on the teeth, thus extending treatment time.
  • Wear Invisalign conscientiously. The clear aligners need to be worn to work. The trays are removable to eat, but they need to be worn to be effective. Do not keep the plastic trays out of your mouth for longer than is necessary to eat, brush, or floss.

Keeping your clear aligners aligners clean is easy, and it’s a very important part of the overall treatment. Just remember, whenever you brush your teeth, brush your aligners too. To make sure you remember, the team at Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you make a small Invisalign cleaning kit for when you’re on the go. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to keep your teeth and the clear aligners sparkling clean!

If you have any more questions on keeping your Invisalign clean, or anything else Invisalign related, give Dr. Barry J. Glaser a call. You can reach Glaser Orthodontics near Ossining, NY by visiting our website or calling: 914.739.6400

Which is better for Adults, Invisalign or Braces?

Invisalign or Braces Yorktown Heights, NY

 Are you an adult considering orthodontia to straighten your teeth but are concerned about your appearance while undergoing treatment? At Glaser Orthodontics, we customize a personal plan of teeth-straightening care that best fits your orthodontic treatment goals and your cosmetic concerns for patients living in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Advancements in orthodontic care technology such as Invisalign or braces may be the right course of treatment for you.

But, which form of treatment is more effective? The answer is subjective, as is the needs and tastes of every patient at Glaser Orthodontics.

Differences between Invisalign or braces

  • Traditional braces are not removable by the patient. These types of teeth-straightening braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto your teeth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because they are not removable, patients using this treatment plan must take the proper precautions, such as avoiding certain foods or playing rough in contact sports).
  • Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth. They may be taken out during the day for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. A removable appliance, however, requires extra care to ensure that they stay clean and hygienic. Invisalign is easy to remove and to keep clean.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and are effective at straightening teeth. However, the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during mouth movements.
  • Invisalign is made of a strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic material. The Invisalign trays are fitted snugly around your teeth. They are clear and removable, so they are not very noticeable. They cause less discomfort than metal braces but might not be as effective as traditional braces in treating vertical adjustments.
  • Traditional braces can sometimes be less costly than Invisalign. It is difficult to state definitively whether traditional braces or Invisalign costs more than the other. The price of both treatments depends on the individual patient’s needs. The amount of work needed, the length of the treatment, your insurance coverage, and the course of treatment worked out with Glaser Orthodontics all factor into the price of your treatment.
  • Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean, and more effective in raising or lowering misaligned teeth.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are removable, lighter, and more convenient to wear during day-to-day activities.

Trust Glaser Orthodontics to help you choose the right course of treatment for your individual needs and lifestyle, whether that is Invisalign or braces near Yorktown Heights, NY. They can help you make the best decisions for you and your smile and will help you in choosing the right orthodontic treatment for you. Contact us at: 914.739.6400

How To Make Your Invisalign Treatment Quick and Easy

Invisalign Westchester County, NY

Invisalign patients of Dr. Barry Glaser enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment in Westchester County, NY. The Invisalign system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Glaser Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves.

Although the clear aligners one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment. To get the best results this treatment, Dr. Barry Glaser recommends to his patients:

  1. Keep the clear aligners in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket,purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy.

  2. Remove the clear aligners to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable. Dr. Barry Glaser says to take advantage of this! Always take your clear plastic trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.

  3. Clean the clear plastic trays properly and thoroughly: To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. The clear aligner trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Barry Glaser recommends his patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Glaser Orthodontics says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.

  4. Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Glaser Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the Invisalign clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following Glaser Orthodontics easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics in Westchester County, NY at: 914.739.6400