How to Make the Most of Invisalign Treatment

If you’ve chosen to start a smile journey using Invisalign, developing healthy habits will allow your experience to go smoothly AND keep your dental hygiene in tip-top shape! You’re already on the road to your perfect smile, and you might as well make sure it’s an enjoyable ride!

 Let’s jump into how to make the most of Invisalign treatment. 

#1 Incorporate Daily Cleaning of Your Trays

Just like your teeth, your trays should be cleaned twice a day. Most people clean them when they brush their teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste.

#2 Avoid Abrasive Material When Cleaning to Keep Their Integrity

Denture cleaner, soap, and other harsh chemicals can make your aligners develop dullness. Although they are “invisible” to give patients the discreteness they want, you can quickly remove the “invisible” aspect when you use abrasive cleaning solutions. 

#3 Rinse Aligners When You Remove Them

Your mouth is full of bacteria. We know, gross – right? It’s a good thing. But, like anything, too much of a good thing can be harmful. So, give your aligners a rinse to remove any excess saliva and keep them bacteria-free.

#4 Soak Aligners Daily

Soaking your aligners will keep you stink-free. Drop them in lukewarm water, let them soak for 10-15 minutes, and finish them off with a soft bristle toothbrush. And wah-lah! Undetectable aligners.

#5 No Eating with Your Aligners!

The only substance you can consume with your aligners is water! Eating can not only damage your aligners but stain them as well. Nobody wants to walk around looking like their teeth are covered in pizza sauce!

#6 No Skipping Ahead, Stay On Schedule!

Use your aligners in the correct order. They make small changes with every new set. Skipping ahead can shift your teeth more than safely recommended in one sitting. It’s not worth the pain and potential hassle of loose teeth.

#7 Always Brush and Floss Your Teeth After Removing Aligners

When you remove your aligners and put them back in without brushing, you trap bacteria on your teeth that can cause cavities, gingivitis, or a foul odor. So before putting your aligners back on, make sure to brush and floss and keep the bacteria at bay!

#8 Store Your Aligners in Their Case

Invisibility (or near appearance) is the best feature of Invisalign aligners. But, they can be out of mind when placed out of sight. To avoid an aligner being tossed away, stepped on, or misplaced, always place them in their case when you remove them!

#9 Do “aligner life” right

We can recommend a few tools to help make “aligner life” smoother. For example, a “chewy” helps you get your aligner in the correct position! Secondly, a pry stick can help remove aligners without snapping or cracking. 

#10 Don’t Fight Your Attachments

Attachments are those bit bumps dentists place on your teeth before your treatment. They allow your aligners to fit snuggly and work more accurately. Though annoying, they’re a part of the journey. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride. 

Interested in Invisalign aligners?

We’d be happy for you to schedule an appointment with our office by calling 972-752-2855. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you deserve. 

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