10 Tips Every Invisalign Patient Should Know

A revolutionary teeth-straightening system that’s sweeping the country, InvisalignⓇ can help you take your smile to the next level without the hassle of traditional braces. Moreover, it’s a great way for adults and teens to get straighter teeth and a better bite, invisibly.

Invisalign works for the most common orthodontic issues. As you probably already know, the process involves wearing removable, clear aligners. The Invisalign system gradually straightens your teeth, without interrupting your day-to-day activities. You won’t need to worry about brackets, wires, or the pain of metal braces.

Have a great Invisalign experience with these 10 tips

Dr. Carlile and our staff at Kenosha Breeze Family Dental work to make your Invisalign treatment successful in every way. By following our instructions and tips, you’ll find success from your first set of aligners to your last.

 

1. Wear your aligners long enough. It’s recommended you wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day. If you fail to clock your 20+ hours, be prepared to add extra days of wearing time to your process.

2. Floss and brush like never before. Good dental hygiene is essential to keep your teeth clean. As you wear your aligners for long periods of time, you don’t want food to become trapped. Not only will this cause erosion and decay for your teeth, but you’ll also discolor your aligners. Never use toothpaste to clean your aligners though. This can also cause discoloration.

3. Stock up on toothbrushes, floss, and your dental hygiene supplies. Keep them handy wherever you are. Store some in your desk drawer and keep a set of supplies in each bathroom of your home.

4. Get assorted toothbrushes with various bristle lengths. These allow you to get into those difficult-to-reach spots of your aligners.

5. Always hang on to your aligners from the previous period. You may need them should you lose your aligners or accidentally damage them. That way you can prevent shifting of your teeth as you await your replacement aligners.

6. Keep cases handy. Never place your aligners in a napkin or your purse or pocket. You don’t want to accidentally throw them out! Also, by keeping them in their case, you’ll always know where they are. Have a case with you at all times and keep your aligners out of reach from your pets.

7. Have a travel set of cleaning supplies with you. You’ll need to floss and brush whenever you eat or drink. Carry your travel toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash with you always.

8. Always, always, always keep your cleaning appointments. While you’re going through your Invisalign treatment, it’s extremely important to have your teeth professionally cleaned and assessed. As teeth shift into a new position, new areas are exposed to the possibility of decay. You need to stay on top of your cleanings in order to avoid problems with cavities, and plaque build up.

9. Use your “chewie” to fit your aligners snugly. Dr. Carlile will give you a device, called a chewie, to bite down on after you put your Invisalign aligner in place. This helps the aligner to clamp tightly in place, as it is meant to do. You’ll get the best results when you let the Invisalign aligner work as it should.

10. Switch to your new aligners before bed. The first day or two your aligners will be tight and put pressure on your teeth. That’s how you know they’re working! Pop them in place before bed and you won’t notice the initial snugness. Should you experience any extreme discomfort, or feel as though your aligners aren’t fitting properly, contact the office immediately.

Success begins here

To ensure the most success with Invisalign, trust our experts at Kenosha Breeze Family Dental. Find out if you’re a good candidate for this life-changing treatment and get started using your Invisalign system to achieve your best smile. Contact our office in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, by phone or book an appointment while you’re here on the website.

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