mouth and then spit it out to remove food particles. With Invisalign, you remove your aligner while eating. Afterwards you should brush your teeth, rinse out your mouth with water, or chew on sugarless gum for twenty minutes before putting the aligner back in.

Floss

Flossing is an often-overlooked part of the mouth care process. People think “Oh, I brush my teeth, so I don’t really need to floss.” However, flossing is extremely vital. In fact, flossing does around 40% of the required work to remove plaque from your teeth. If you’re brushing alone, you’re only cleaning 60% of the sticky bacteria away. Not to mention, a tooth brush cannot reach in between the teeth and so without flossing, you will leave two surfaces of the tooth unclean.

Flossing must be done once a day. This will prevent tartar from building up, as well as keep cavities and gum disease away. If food tends to become stuck in between your teeth, it’s recommended to floss more often if you need it to feel comfortable. If you have bridges, braces, or a permanent wire retainer in place, flossing is extra important. It also requires a special method of flossing in which you use a threader to pull the floss in between the teeth and wires.

Regular brushing and flossing will keep your smile healthy!