If you’re familiar with Invisalign, then you probably know all about how incredible the clear aligners are; not only do they straighten teeth into a healthier position, but they do it discreetly! This is because they’re made from a special, clear plastic that makes them appear “invisible” while they’re being worn. However, if you aren’t careful, the trays can end up turning unpleasantly yellow. Here’s more about what causes this staining to happen and what you can do to prevent it.
How Invisalign Aligners Become Stained
Invisalign is crafted from a special, clear plastic material that’s almost completely transparent—hence the name! This is one reason why patients turn toward clear aligners for treatment; whereas traditional braces are very noticeable and awkward to wear, Invisalign is a convenient and comfortable alternative that can yield the same outcome.
But unfortunately, the aligners cannot stay clear if they aren’t kept clean; various things could potentially tarnish their transparency and make them foul and unpleasant to wear! Certain foods and drinks with staining agents, including things like berries, red sauces and wines, coffee, tea, and even sugary chocolates all pose a threat. Coupled with inadequate oral hygiene, your aligners will easily become stained if you’re eating these items and skipping brushing.
Other internal forces from inside your mouth can also lead to staining: saliva, which contains mucus and enzymes, plaque, and bacteria are natural staining agents that can contribute to discoloration. And since your aligners fit snugly over your teeth, any leftover particles or debris that remain after eating (or even brushing) can become trapped, where they can stain both your pearly whites and aligners alike.
Tips for Keeping Your Aligners Clear
You should want to keep your Invisalign aligners as clean and clear as possible so that while they’re being worn and straightening your smile, they’re pleasant to wear and totally undetectable! Even though you will eventually swap to new sets of trays, it’s still in your best interest to practice good habits moving forward so that the staining doesn’t continue to occur. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you out:
- Brush your teeth after every meal so that you’re reducing the number of food particles that remain.
- Drink plenty of water in favor of sugary or dark-colored beverages, as they’re more likely to cause staining.
- Certain products including WhiteFoam contain agents that are designed to clean aligners, so don’t hesitate to grab some!
About the Author
Dr. Ron Sherman received his DDS from the University of Pittsburgh and has proudly served patients and families in the Issaquah, WA area for several years! His practice offers a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services that are certain to help you achieve the healthiest smile imaginable. They’re also thrilled to offer Invisalign. If you have any questions about the article or you’d like to arrange a visit to see if Invisalign is right for you, feel free to contact the practice online or over the phone: (425) 391-4964.