Maintain Good Oral Hygiene on Invisalign for Kids

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene on Invisalign for Kids
Posted on 04/07/2023

Discover Orthodontics in Brampton and Burlington offers a wide array of options for correcting common issues with the teeth. Chances are that your child has a problem with crooked or crowded teeth. Invisalign is often a clear favorite, but If your child gets the aligners, it’s important to ensure that they maintain good oral hygiene.

Regular Brushing Routine

Your child should continue brushing their teeth at least two times per day as they have always done. Because Invisalign is a set of clear aligners, they can be removed so that when kids brush their teeth, they can remove as many food particles as possible. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is best to prevent potentially long-term damage to the gums in the future as an adult.

Daily Flossing

Flossing once per day should also be part of your child’s oral hygiene routine regardless of Invisalign. Doing this early, before adulthood, can help prevent excess tartar and plaque buildup that could lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If your child isn’t familiar with flossing, they can learn how to start this healthy habit at Discover Orthodontics so they can perform it properly.

Use Two Toothbrushes

While your child has Invisalign to straighten their teeth, they will need two different toothbrushes. One is to brush their teeth while the other is for cleaning their Invisalign aligners. Just like the brush used for cleaning their teeth, the one for cleaning Invisalign should also be soft-bristled to prevent damaging the aligners.

Use Non-Whitening Toothpaste

Your child should only use non-whitening toothpaste while using Invisalign. A whitening toothpaste can leave a film on the aligners and cause them to become cloudy instead of remaining clear. Remember that the point of Invisalign is to straighten the teeth in a way that’s invisible so others can’t tell your child is wearing them.

Soaking Invisalign

You should buy a gentle soaking solution to clean your child’s Invisalign aligners daily. It can help to preserve them and prevent bacteria buildup. Cleaning can be done while your child is eating dinner. After they finish eating, they can replace their fresh, clean aligners back in their mouth.

Discover Orthodontics can provide your child with Invisalign to help them get a beautiful smile with straight teeth. If you want to get the clear aligners for your child, contact us at our Brampton office at (905) 846-7846 or our Burlington office at (905) 319-8440 at your earliest convenience.