man checking for fresh breath wearing Invisalign with toothbrush

How to ensure fresh breath when using Invisalign®          

It’s no secret that having fresh breath is essential in order to feel comfortable when it comes to your social interactions. This remains true for Invisalign patients as well. Maintaining fresh breath with Invisalign can be a struggle, and many patients report experiencing dry mouth or bad breath after wearing their Invisalign trays for extended periods.

However, there are effective strategies to ensure fresh breath while using Invisalign. We’re here to share what orthodontists recommend in order to preserve your fresh breath and help you feel at ease during your treatment.

Simple steps to follow

Achieving fresh breath with Invisalign is actually simpler than you might think. The main factors that contribute to bad breath are your diet and your hygiene habits. Start by avoiding foods and beverages known to cause bad breath, such as garlic and coffee. In addition to discoloration and odor, the caffeine in coffee can lead to dry mouth.

It’s important to avoid dry mouth because saliva is responsible for preventing the buildup of food debris and bacteria. When your mouth is dry, bacteria and food particles begin to break down and create an odor. As a result, we recommend drinking water regularly to combat dry mouth and its consequences.

Additionally, cleaning your aligners thoroughly and flossing your teeth regularly can prevent both debris and odor-causing bacteria from accumulating. Finally, consider using a non-alcoholic mouthwash to freshen your breath and maintain oral hygiene while wearing Invisalign.

Be yourself with confidence!

With your Invisalign trays, you can confidently be yourself without worrying about bad breath or dry mouth. If you have questions that patients frequently ask, such as about kissing with Invisalign, remember that maintaining fresh breath is key. Here are some tips:

  • Always clean your aligners before close moments to ensure your breath is fresh.
  • Keep a travel-size mouthwash handy for quick breath refreshment on the go.
  • Stay hydrated to keep your mouth moist and more comfortable.

Embrace your orthodontic treatment with confidence and smile brightly, knowing that you can feel assured you have fresh breath with Invisalign. Your journey to a perfect smile should be as pleasant as possible, allowing you to enjoy the transformation every step of the way.

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