Invisalign is an excellent treatment protocol for teeth that are twisted, gappy, or otherwise mildly misaligned. The aligners are comfortable to wear compared to braces, but it can take a while to familiarize yourself with them. Here are a few top tips that might help.
1. Practice Speaking
When you first receive your Invisalign aligners, you might find speaking a bit tricky. Many people find the sensation of a plastic aligner covering their teeth a bit odd at first, leading them to slur their words. This effect usually goes away with practice. Take the chance to practice talking to yourself before you wear your aligners in a social situation.
2. Wear Aligners Consistently
Invisalign is most effective when you wear your aligners consistently, taking them out only to eat, drink, and clean them. Try to stick to this principle from the first day you get your aligners. The longer you wear them, the more quickly you’ll get used to them, and the more quickly your teeth will adjust. You’ll be able to finish your course on schedule and go live your life with a gorgeous, healthy smile.
3. Bring a Case Everywhere You Go
You need to take your aligners out when you eat to avoid damage to them and getting food trapped underneath them. To avoid situations where you end up eating while wearing your aligners because you don’t have anywhere to put them, get into the habit of always carrying a case with you. That way, when you need to eat away from home, you can easily take your aligners out and store them safely. Plus, as many users do, you won’t accidentally forget that you have placed them on or beside your plate and leave them behind.
4. Insert New Aligners at Bedtime
The Invisalign treatment process involves switching to a new set of aligners every couple of weeks to gradually shift the positions of the teeth. New aligners can feel strange at first and present many of the challenges you experienced when you inserted your first set of aligners for the first time. One good way to get used to the sensation without being distracted by it is to insert your new aligners before bed. You’ll sleep through the most uncomfortable phase of a new aligner.
5. Soak Aligners During Dinner
Soaking your aligners in a cleaning solution is a good way to prevent them from becoming discolored or stained. The most convenient time of day to perform this soak is while you eat your main meal, as you need to take your aligners out anyway during this time. Place them in a glass with the soaking solution, and remember to rinse them before you put them back into your mouth after the meal.
So there you have it. Following these tips will help you get more out of your Invisalign aligners and take better care of them. If you have any questions about Invisalign aligners, please give us a call as we would be happy to help in any way we can.