Create Stunning Results With Diligent Invisalign Care

Having a bright, straight smile can do wonders for your confidence. But some people don’t realize just how attainable an amazing smile can be today. At Dixon Family Dental in Southfield, MI, Dr. Darlene Dixon and her experienced team offer Invisalign clear aligners as a comfortable, convenient, and nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth.

However, achieving the radiant smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign does require some routine maintenance. Dr. Dixon and her team help patients care for their Invisalign aligners for excellent oral health and ideal results. Call (248) 552-0223 today to schedule your Invisalign consultation and learn more about caring for your clear aligners.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners that incrementally move your teeth into place over time. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces, with the benefits of being removable, clear, and comfortable. As long as you follow good Invisalign care and cleaning practices, most people won’t even notice you’re straightening your smile!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Custom-fit Invisalign aligner trays are designed using 3D imaging technology. Based on the treatment plan created by Dr. Dixon, each set of aligners applies controlled forces to teeth to gradually shift them toward the desired position. As you switch to your next set of aligners every two weeks, your teeth will continue moving and straightening.

The total Invisalign treatment time varies depending on the complexity of your case. The average treatment time is around 12 months. You’ll visit Dixon Family Dental around every six weeks to ensure your treatment is tracking properly. Once your teeth have moved into place, you’ll receive a set of retainers to help keep your smile looking its best.

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Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners

To keep your Invisalign aligners functioning properly, it’s important to clean and care for them properly. Here are Dr. Dixon’s top tips for Invisalign aligner care:

  • Remove aligners before eating or drinking anything but cool water. Hot drinks can warp the plastic.
  • Brush and floss after each meal before reinserting aligners. Food and plaque can get trapped under aligners otherwise.
  • Clean aligners by rinsing them with water and soaking them in Invisalign cleaning crystals. Never use harsh cleaners.
  • Soak aligners in a cleaning solution (like Retainer Brite) weekly to keep them fresh.
  • Rinse aligners with cold water if they get covered in food debris to clean them before reinserting.
  • Always store aligners in their case when removed to avoid losing or warping them.
  • Switch to new aligners every 10 to 14 days as directed. Wearing them longer can impede treatment progress.
  • Visit Dixon Family Dental every six weeks for an Invisalign checkup with Dr. Dixon.

Following these simple aligner care tips will help ensure your Invisalign treatment stays on track for a successful outcome.

How to Avoid Damage to Your Aligners

It’s crucial to take good care of your Invisalign aligners so they don’t get damaged. Here are some dos and don’ts to help your aligners stay intact:


  • Handle aligners carefully when removing and inserting them.
  • Rinse with cool water if aligners get food particles on them before reinserting.
  • Store aligners in their case when eating or drinking.
  • Promptly replace any aligners that get cracked, warped, or broken.


  • Eat or drink anything hot with aligners in. This can warp or melt the plastic.
  • Bite into hard foods like apples, carrots, nuts, etc while wearing aligners.
  • Leave aligners out around pets. Pets may chew on or damage the plastic.
  • Try to modify or adjust aligners yourself. This could impair effectiveness.
  • Use harsh cleaners, bleaches, or toothpastes. These can degrade the plastic.
  • Keep worn-out aligners after receiving new sets. Discard old sets as directed.

By following these dos and don’ts for your Invisalign aligners, you’ll help them maintain their shape and integrity. Take good care of your aligners, and they’ll take good care of your smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

Ready To Get Started?

Caring for your Invisalign properly is key to achieving your best smile. Dr. Dixon and our team are always happy to answer any questions and ensure your aligners are fitting well. Contact Dixon Family Dental in Southfield at (248) 552-0223 today to see how Invisalign can boost your confidence with a stunning new smile!