Invisalign is an alternative option for those that want to achieve straight teeth without getting traditional metal braces. These aligners are an increasingly popular alternative and has become popular for how subtle it looks while you are straightening your teeth. In fact, Invisalign is so subtle that they can be worn and others may not even notice them. This is not to say that Invisalign doesn’t come with challenges. However it is a great and positive option if it is something you have been thinking about trying.
To make your Invisalign experience better, Dental Partners of Boston offers these 5 easy tips that will help you make the best of your Invisalign experience.
- Brush After Every Meal & Floss Daily: We ask that you wear your Invisalign for 22 hours a day. However, don’t replace them immediately after a meal, unless you’ve already brushed. If you don’t brush, food stuck in your teeth can distort the shape of your trays, eventually leading to poorly aligned teeth. Also, brushing is another way to keep your mouth and breath clean. Flossing every day is more important than ever with the Invisalign aligners. Clean in between your teeth every day with floss.
- Cut Back On Coffee & Tea: Your Invisalign trays will be easy for all to see if to drink a lot of coffee and tea while you are wearing them. These drinks can stain aligners, making them visible and taking away one of Invisalign’s great benefits. If you choose Invisalign because it has a discrete appearance, the last thing you want to do is stain them a dingy yellow.
- Change Your Aligners On Time & In The Correct Order: If one of our Boston Cosmetic dentists tell you to change your aligner, change it. If we tell you to leave it alone for a few more days, do it. You won’t make your treatment go any faster if you use the trays out of order or put them in when not instructed. In fact you could do more harm than good.
- Getting Used To The Change In Feel & Speech: Know that it feels a little weird when first starting to wear your aligners, but you will get used to it. It’s not painful but it is present. You’ll notice the feeling of our aligner less and less. Also when you first put in your aligners you may begin to speak with a little lisp. Don’t worry, this is totally normal. The best way to get rid of it is to not take out the tray but to practice with it. You’ll get used to it quickly.
- Know How To Care For Your Aligners Properly: The best way to clean your trays is with warm water and antibacterial soap. Invisalign also has their own products but soap and water should do the trick just fine. Do not use toothpaste to clean your trays as it may scratch them.