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Are you looking to straighten your teeth without braces? You can, with the help of Invisalign® aligners. These clear aligners gradually shift your teeth into the beautiful, healthy smile you have always wanted so you can smile with confidence. Here are some tips on how you can best care for your Invisalign clear aligners.

Clean after Meals: Remove your aligners while eating and then brush and floss your teeth after every meal to keep your aligners clear. Neglecting your oral care can leave you with bad breath and stained, smelly aligners!

No Staining Beverages: When drinking beverages with your aligners in, you’ll want to make sure they don’t stain them (or your teeth) otherwise, they will appear yellow, which defeats the point of wearing clear aligners. Stay away from coffee, red wine and dark tea or drink them with your aligners out, followed by a good brushing and rinsing session to clean your pearly whites.

Safe Storage: It’s easy to lose your aligners when you take them out if you don’t store them properly in their storage case. People have had to replace their aligners after putting them in a napkin, forgetting about them only to accidentally toss them out.

Note: You can also risk bending your aligner out of shape if you store them outside of their prescribed case. If that happens, they won’t fit correctly over your teeth and won’t be able to move them into their next position.

Remember, your clear Invisalign aligners only work if you wear them! Be sure to keep them in your mouth the prescribed 22 hours a day when they are not in their case. Your teeth will thank you!