Beginning orthodontic treatment can be intimidating at first, but after the first month or two, it becomes second nature. If you’re preparing to undergo Invisalign treatment, you probably have many questions about what to expect. We’ve developed a list of suggestions to follow during your path to a straighter smile to help you get started on the right foot. These suggestions will make your treatment and dental hygiene as seamless as possible.
Simply because your aligners are removable does not mean you should remove them at your leisure. Wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day to keep on track with your treatment. That leaves you about two to four hours to eat all of your meals, clean and floss your teeth, and drink anything other than water. This may seem like a lot of time. But, once you start using a timer every time you eat, drink, or brush your teeth, you’ll quickly realize how rapidly that short window fills up.
Your treatment may take longer than expected if you do not wear your aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day. The longer you leave your aligners out, the longer your teeth will take to get straightened. Our dentist at My Dentist For Life recommends that you wear your aligners for the specified amount of time.
You’ve probably heard horror stories about teenagers losing their retainers to their dogs. The same can be said about Invisalign aligners. If you leave them out, dogs will eat them, and you may lose them. It’s critical to keep your aligners in the case provided whenever you need to remove them, whether to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. This will keep them from becoming lost or becoming a dog’s new favorite chew toy.
If you lose or break an aligner, your treatment will be put on hold while you wait for a replacement aligner to arrive. As a result, your treatment could take longer than anticipated.
Even though you will only be wearing your aligners for two weeks on average, you must maintain them clean. Otherwise, plaque and germs will accumulate, staining your teeth and giving you poor breath. To avoid this, immerse your aligners in cleaning crystals and carefully brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush on a daily basis to keep them clean. You can do this every night before bed and every morning when you clean and floss your teeth. This will help you avoid cavities and keep your breath fresh during your treatment.
If you don’t clean your aligners on a regular basis, you’ll likely develop foul breath, plaque buildup, and maybe gum disease and cavities. We don’t advocate Invisalign treatment if you can’t commit to cleaning your aligners on a regular basis.
As Invisalign aligners are removable, you have no excuse not to brush and floss your teeth. Thankfully, brushing and flossing with Invisalign is as simple as brushing and flossing without it. Maintain a consistent brushing and flossing practice during your treatment to keep your aligners fresh and avoid oral health issues. Brushing after each meal is also recommended to remove dirt from your teeth and keep it from getting on your aligners. If you don’t have time to brush after a meal or drink, washing your mouth with water or immediately chewing on sugar-free gum will assist.
There’s also no reason to put off getting your teeth cleaned. When you have removable aligners, all you have to do is take them out for your dental cleaning. You won’t have to go through the ordeal of getting your wire removed. Maintain your oral hygiene program, including dental cleanings, to prevent your oral health from deteriorating and to address oral health issues as soon as they arise.
We hope that you now know tips to maintain your Invisalign aligners. Book an appointment at My Dentist For Life if you are looking for premium Invisalign treatment in Plantation, FL.