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How To Clean Invisalign After Being Sick

With the arrival of fall, the back-to-school season brings kids together and adults indoors, creating an environment where sickness can spread. As temperatures drop, viruses like Covid, the flu, RSV, and more are expected to circulate.

Amid these concerns, it’s crucial to understand how to properly care for your Invisalign aligners and other dental appliances to ensure your health and hygiene. Cornerstone Dental of Lincoln Square offers guidance on keeping your dental devices clean and your oral health in check.

How To Clean Invisalign After Being Sick

Should I Take My Invisalign Out If I’m Sick?

When you’re feeling unwell, it’s natural to wonder whether you should keep your Invisalign aligners in or take them out. Generally, if you’re not feeling up to it, it’s acceptable to remove your aligners for a brief period. Just remember to keep them safe and clean, as your aligners can harbor germs if not properly cared for.

How Can I Sanitize My Invisalign?

Sanitizing your Invisalign aligners is crucial after being sick. Rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water, and gently brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove any debris. Avoid using toothpaste or colored soaps, as they can leave residue and affect the clarity of your aligners.

How Do You Disinfect an Aligner?

To disinfect your Invisalign aligners, you can soak them in a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide for about 15 minutes. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth. Always follow your dentist’s recommendations and avoid using harsh chemicals that could damage your aligners.

Should I Wear My Invisalign with COVID or The Flu?

If you’re feeling under the weather with COVID-19, the flu, or any contagious illness, it’s generally best to remove your Invisalign aligners temporarily. This not only allows you to rest comfortably but also minimizes the chances of contaminating your aligners with germs since they’re typically worn 22 hours per day. Make sure to store them in their case and maintain good oral hygiene during this time.

How To Disinfect A Retainer After Being Sick

Remember, the need for hygiene extends beyond Invisalign. Retainers and mouth braces should also be cleaned thoroughly after you’ve been sick to prevent any reinfection or discomfort. Follow a similar cleaning routine as you would for your aligners to ensure your overall oral health. You might not wear your retainer or mouth brace as often as you would with Invisalign, but there’s still a chance you can get sick if you don’t properly clean it. Rinse it with warm water and clean your retainer with a soft bristled toothbrush.

If you’re looking to perform a deeper clean, soak your retainer in white vinegar and baking soda. You should rinse your retainer with water afterward. Do not use dish soap or other cleaning products because they could be unsafe if accidentally ingested.

While the white vinegar and baking soda combination is generally a safe and natural retainer cleaner, if you’re concerned about this cleaning solution, ask your dentist how to disinfect them before putting the retainer back in your mouth.

Schedule Your Dental Appointment with Cornerstone Dental of Lincoln Square

As the season brings about potential health concerns, it’s essential to prioritize your oral health. Cornerstone Dental of Lincoln Square is here to provide expert advice and comprehensive care for your dental needs. Schedule an appointment today to ensure your smile stays healthy and vibrant, no matter the circumstances.

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