If you are one of the many people who have decided to wear Invisalign clear aligners, congratulations! Invisalign is a great way to achieve straighter teeth. However, as a new patient at Braces Plus, there are some things you need to know in order to make your treatment go as smoothly as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of Invisalign and give you 7 tips for patients just starting out on their treatment!
Invisalign clear aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic that is nearly invisible when worn. They are also removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush your teeth, and floss as normal. Invisalign treatment is often shorter than traditional braces, and because the aligners are removable, you have more control over your oral hygiene during treatment.
1. Keep Them Clean
One of the most important things to remember as an Invisalign patient is to keep your aligners clean! If food or drink gets trapped in your aligners, it can cause staining and discolouration. Be sure to brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser at least once a day, and rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in. You should also soak your aligners in Invisalign cleansing crystals or a denture-cleaning solution at least once a week to kill any bacteria that may be growing on them.
2. Track Your Schedule
It is important to track your schedule for switching out your aligners. Each aligner in the series is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next one. It is crucial that you follow this schedule, as wearing each aligner for the prescribed amount of time is necessary for the treatment to be effective. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar when you need to switch to the next aligner so you don’t forget!
3. Keep Them Safe
When you’re not wearing your aligners, it is important to store them in a safe and secure location. This will prevent them from getting lost or damaged. Many patients like to keep their aligners in a case that comes with their Invisalign kit. Others prefer to use a small, airtight container such as a pill box or film canister. Whichever method you choose, be sure to put your aligners away in a clean place so they are ready to go when you need them.
4. Adjustment Time
When you first start wearing Invisalign, it is normal for your teeth to feel sore and tender. This is because the aligners are moving your teeth into new positions. To help ease the discomfort, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and using a dental wax to cover any sharp edges on the aligners that may be irritating your gums.
5. Good Oral Hygiene
It is also important to practice good oral hygiene while wearing Invisalign. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. It is also a good idea to use an interdental brush or water flosser to clean between your teeth and under your aligners. When you brush and floss, be sure to pay extra attention to the areas around your gum line, as this is where plaque can build up and cause gingivitis.
6. Change Your New Aligners Before Bed
Another important tip for new Invisalign patients is to change aligners at night. This gives your teeth a break from the aligners and allows you to get a good night’s sleep. It is also a good time to brush and floss your teeth so you start the day with a clean mouth.
7. Wear Your Aligners for At Least 22 Hours Per Day
Finally, be sure to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. This may seem like a lot, but it is necessary in order for the treatment to be effective. If you have trouble keeping them in for that long, try wearing them while you sleep and taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth. You should also always carry a few extra aligners with you in case one gets lost or damaged.
By following these tips, you will be on your way to successful Invisalign treatment with us at Braces Plus! For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our clinic in Airdrie.