Invisalign is known for having numerous benefits that make it a more practical and convenient alternative to traditional braces. For one, it does not require the use of metal brackets that often make people more self-conscious than their actual misaligned teeth. Clear aligners not only almost invisible, but also removable. You never have to say goodbye to your favorite snacks and food even during the treatment. Maintaining good oral health practices is also easier because of this.
However, as it is still an orthodontic treatment clinical in nature, doctor’s instructions and best practices are still needed to be observed in order to make the most out of the treatment. Here’s a quick list of the most common.
For the first 48 hours of a new aligner it is recommended that wear your aligner trays as much as possible. While you can take the aligner out during meal time, or while brushing your teeth, you will need to put them back it after to facilitate the Invisalign process. Wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day is most recommended for the quality of your treatment.
Change your aligners in the right order and at right time. Your Invisalign Provider will provide you with a treatment plan to guide you on when to change your aligner. Make sure to stick to your plan or consult with your Provider should you wish to make any changes or adjustments. Each aligner set is designed in conjunction with your teeth’s movement from the previous one which is why it is imperative to wear them in the right sequence as indicated on your Invisalign package.
You will experience some discomfort and slight pain in the beginning (usually 1-3 hours after initial aligner change). This is normal. Most patients may feel the aligners pushing back against their teeth in the first two days, but you will be able to adjust in a few days. The best way to speed up the process is simply to wear the aligners as much as possible to fully ‘break them in’.
Take good care of your clear aligners. Use antibacterial soap and warm water to clean them regularly. Do not use toothpaste as it as it can scratch the plastic and expose it to bacteria.
One of the most important things to remember is to observe and maintain good oral health practices. Brush and floss regularly to keep food particles from getting stuck in between your teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay and cavities and keeps your teeth healthy and strong throughout the treatment and in general.