If you have gaps between your teeth or a misaligned bite, you may be considering getting Invisalign. These clear aligners allow you to correct issues with your smile discreetly and faster than traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a great way to fix your smile, but some people struggle to floss properly during treatment. To avoid issues and keep your treatment plan on track, read on to learn about flossing with Invisalign and why it’s so important.
The Importance of Flossing
Only about 30% of people in the United States actually floss their teeth every night before bed. Though brushing is key to a healthy smile, not flossing leaves 40% of plaque on your pearly whites. This sharply raises your risk of developing cavities between your teeth, which can also cause delays in your Invisalign treatment. Though it can take some time to get used to caring for your smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment, flossing with Invisalign is crucial to ensure that you continue to make progress towards a more gorgeous grin.
Properly Flossing with Invisalign
Now that you know why flossing with Invisalign is so important, what’s the right way to do it? When cleaning between your pearly whites, follow these four steps:
- Step #1: Remove your aligners – This step may seem obvious, but the first part of flossing with Invisalign is to remove your trays. This is a great opportunity to clean them. You should also let your aligners soak in a solution made from dentures, Invisalign, or retainers to kill leftover bacteria.
- Step #2: Brush your teeth – Brushing after every meal is something you’ll need to get used to while undergoing Invisalign treatment. This will prevent plaque, bacteria, and food particles from sitting on your teeth for too long. It will also keep food left on your teeth from staining your trays.
- Step #3: Rinse your mouth – Rinse your mouth out with water. This will help loosen up food particles that you accidentally missed when brushing your teeth.
- Step #4: Floss your teeth – When flossing, use an 18 cm long piece. This will ensure that you have enough string to hold with space left over to maneuver it between your teeth. Wrap the ends of the floss around your fingers. Leave a few inches of it to slide between your teeth. Work towards the gum line slowly, and move the floss around your teeth in a “C” shape. Use up and down motions, and repeat these steps until all of your teeth have been cleaned.
Once you’re done flossing with Invisalign, put your aligners back on and enjoy your clean smile. with these steps, you can keep your smile healthy and continue on your journey to a more uniform grin!
About the Practice
Larry Young Dental offers exceptional oral health services to patients in the Jacksonville area. If you want to straighten your teeth, their Invisalign clear aligners can do just that. They can also teach you about flossing with Invisalign to make sure you avoid cavities during treatment. To make an appointment with Larry Young Dental or for more information on Invisalign, call their office at (904) 731-9833 or visit their website.