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Young woman with clear aligner looking at her teeth in a mirror during an orthodontic appointment.

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are a popular choice for straightening mild to moderate cases of malocclusion and depending on the issues, sometimes more severe cases as well. Older adults as well as teens prefer “Invisible braces” because they do the job discreetly. This method of straightening teeth works well for those who diligently follow the recommendations given by the dentist. The advantages of clear aligners are manyfold. To ensure that your teeth and gums are in optimal shape by the end of treatment, it is important that you take into consideration these facts.

Fact 1: Use your aligners as recommended. The best feature about clear aligners is that they are removable. With that being said, it is also important to remember that they must stay on your teeth for at least 22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective. Less than 20 hours a day can be counterproductive to the results you want to achieve.

Fact 2: Good oral hygiene is important. You want to avoid tooth decay and gum disease at all times, and especially when you are using clear aligners. Another major advantage of this particular orthodontic treatment is that you can easily maintain a high level of oral hygiene because the aligners are removable. Always have a toothbrush and floss handy to use so you can remove food debris that gets trapped in between the teeth as well as in the crevices of the teeth. Travel toothbrushes and disposal toothbrushes are indispensable when wearing clear aligners.

Fact 3: Clear aligners need to be cleaned with soap and water. You may be tempted to use toothpaste on your aligners, but doing so can cause problems due to the abrasive ingredients. These can cause foul smelling bacteria buildup on the aligners and who wants bad breath? Toothpaste may also cause the aligners to become cloudy, which will make them more visible.

Fact 4: Beware of beverages that stain. Coffee, tea, red wine and other dark colored beverages stain your teeth, so you can imagine what they would do to your aligners. Taking your aligners out for morning coffee or afternoon tea with friends? Keep in mind you need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours every day for the best results. You may want to skip the dark beverage and have water or lemonade instead!

Fact 5: The secret to clear aligner success also hinges on the dentist you choose. Careful diagnosis and treatment planning are crucial for the optimal results of this orthodontic treatment. Your dentist’s expertise, knowledge and experience play a major role in the outcome.

We are orthodontic specialists at Broad Street Braces. Let us help you get the beautiful smile you deserve. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!