Figure 1: Decalcification spots left after improper cleaning upon removal of metal braces.
Proper cleaning, along with invisible braces, can help reduce the occurrence of the above issue. Here are eight "tips" for cleaning invisible braces:
2. Only drink plain water while wearing the aligners and avoid consuming sugary beverages to prevent sugar accumulation inside the aligners, which may lead to tooth decay.
3. Avoid consuming dark-colored foods or drinks such as curry, milk tea, coffee, etc., or clean the aligners after eating before wearing them to prevent pigment staining on the aligners.
4. During the period of wearing braces, as your teeth are moving, there may be wider gaps between them, making it easier for food debris to accumulate. Therefore, before wearing braces each time, it is necessary to use dental floss to clean the interdental spaces and remove any food particles.
The brand name "BRITE" is mentioned in relation to braces cleaning tablets.
7. Always place the removed braces in the braces case and avoid wrapping them in tissue paper (to prevent mistakenly discarding them as trash).
Dental floss sticks are portable and convenient to carry.