During your treatment, each invisible aligner is only in for an average of two weeks. But don’t be fooled, this provides enough time for bacteria and plaque to grow on them if you don’t take proper care of them! If you avoid caring for your aligners it can cause bad breath, discolouring of the clear BPA-free material and even problems with your overall oral health.
But, as always, we are here for you dear Smilers. Here are 5 ways to prevent bad breath from your invisible braces! Our braces may be more affordable than other brands but you still get your money's worth, so follow these steps to prevent bad breath but also to help reach your optimum oral health! Nobody wants bad breath, and if they say they don't mind having bad breath, they have to be lying or need to sort out their priorities! Not only for social matters but also for your own health!
NEVER EVER eat or drink with your invisible braces in!
You can of course drink water with them, but please; for all that is sacred, avoid sugary drinks and hot beverages! Hot drinks can warp the plastic of the aligners and sugary drinks are bacteria’s favourite feeding ground! These bad boy bacteria eat the carbs all up and then leave behind acids and enzymes that weaken our teeth’s enamel and proteins. Dark coloured drinks like wine or coffee can also discolour the aligners, so avoid them at all costs while you are your lovely invisible brace-face self!
Always brush and floss after eating.
When you put your aligners back in after eating WITHOUT brushing, you can trap the food and bacteria that are still in your mouth from eating, leaving them to a gross party in your mouth. This will firstly cause bad breath, which can in turn develop into oral health issue. The plus side of straightening your teeth is that flossing will become so much easier (as crooked teeth can be a nightmare to get bacteria and food out of), which in turn means no more funky breath!
Keep your invisible braces clean!
Whenever you remove your braces, please remember to rinse them to remove any dried saliva and plaque. They are prime causes for smelly scenarios! Simply pop into the nearest public toilet when out and about, rinse them under some cold water. If you want to be REALLY prepared, purchase a travel bottle of mouthwash! You can let your aligners soak in this liquid while eating your lunch or having your coffee.
NEVER brush your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Because most toothpastes are quite abrasive, it can cause scratches and tiny holes to form on the plastic of the aligners. This is a big no-no as it is a breeding haven for bacteria which in turn can yet again cause bad breath. You can use a soft toothbrush to clean your aligners, simples! (Cue meerkat noise)
Avoid smoking with aligners in (or quit altogether!)
This could be a blessing in disguise for any “smoker-joker.” See it as a fresh start for your overall oral health and your body! When you are constantly putting your aligners in and out of your mouth for your cigarette, you will hopefully come to see it more as a chore than a pleasure! Plus, the chemicals in a cigarette can cause major discoloring to your braces (very much the same as they do to your teeth!) and the aligners can retain some of the smell, which is not cute.
Your Smile Direct have a mission and that is to help you reach your #SmileGoals - because when you smile, we smile! Follow these tips to keep the Big Bad Breath Wolf from the door (mouth!). If you have not started your Smile Journey with us, you should consider taking our test below to see if you suit our treatment! The straighter the teeth, the fresher the breath!