Top Tips for Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after treatments when it comes to straightening teeth. This is hardly surprising, as the discreet and convenient nature of the aligners is hugely appealing – especially to adults who aren’t keen on the idea of having metal train-track braces.

Whatever your reasoning for choosing Invisalign, we want to make sure that you get the most out of your treatment. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most important things we think you should know before you begin your Invisalign journey.

Read on for some pointers on how to properly care for your aligners and how to get the most out of your treatment.

1. Removing your aligners

Your dentist will show you exactly how to remove and insert your aligners when you attend your appointment. It’s not difficult, but there definitely is a knack to making sure you can easily slip them on and off, and you'll want to make sure you're doing it properly to avoid damaging the aligners.

2. Cleaning

Although the aligners are removed for eating, you still need to clean them at least twice a day. We suggest doing so when you brush your teeth to avoid any plaque build-up. Although you should use your toothbrush to clean the aligners, you shouldn’t use toothpaste as this can give them a cloudy appearance – ruining the benefit of them being clear aligners! Your toothbrush and water (not hot!) will work just fine. You can also ask your dentist about special cleaning tablets you can use to give your aligners a refresh every now and then.

3. Toothbrush

In addition to cleaning your aligners twice a day, we recommend carrying a toothbrush with you at all times. At first it may seem odd, but when you put your aligners back in your mouth after meals, you will quickly realise why we suggest giving your teeth a quick brush first. You don’t want to trap food particles in between the aligners and your teeth!

4. Eating and drinking

It may seem obvious to you that you’ll need to remove your Invisalign aligners at mealtimes, but oftentimes people don’t consider that they will have to also take them out when drinking anything that isn’t water. Beverages like coffee have a tendency to stain not only your teeth, but also the aligners. Aside from that, drinks that contain sugar will leave residue that will become trapped between your teeth and the aligner which is a recipe for disaster.

5. Discipline

A massive benefit of Invisalign aligners is the fact that you are able to remove them whenever you want, whether that be at mealtimes or for sports. The problem with this, however, is that you may become tempted to leave them out for longer than necessary. Doing this will inevitably lengthen the time your treatment takes to be completed, as you are required to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day for them to work to their full ability. You’ll need to be disciplined enough to keep your Invisalign in for the required length of time, otherwise you’ll find yourself having to wear them for longer overall.

6. Aligner case

Following on from the point of removing your aligners, you will be given a case to keep them in whenever they’re not in your mouth. We strongly recommend you get into the habit of using this case, as you will quickly realise that clear aligners are easily misplaced. If you lose your Invisalign, you’ll not only have to pay for a replacement aligner, but this will also delay the progress of your treatment while you wait for your new aligner to be made.

7. Hold onto your old aligners

Just in case you do forget to make use of your aligner case and end up losing or breaking your Invisalign, it’s good idea to keep hold of your previous aligner so that you can wear that while you wait for your replacement. Wearing the previous aligner will at least keep your teeth in their current position and stop them from shifting into a position they aren’t supposed to be in!

8. Wear your retainers!

Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you may be inclined to think that you’ll never have to look at an aligner again. However, this isn’t quite true. Just like with traditional braces, once you have finished treatment, you’ll be given a clear retainer to wear while your jaws adjust to the new position that your teeth are in. You may only have to wear this retainer for a few months, or only wear it at night, but your dentist will instruct you on this and you should follow their advice to avoid undoing all the progress you made with Invisalign.

Invisalign is an extremely effective way to straighten crooked teeth, and we want to make sure you achieve the best results possible from your treatment.

Not all Invisalign treatments are equal, so the dentist you choose really makes a difference in the results that you can achieve. If you’re interested in pursuing Invisalign treatment, you can book a free consultation with an Invisalign expert at MyClinique to find out what’s best suited to you and how to proceed.



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