Invisalign Tips and Tricks For Great Results
For decades, there was only one option for orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, advancements in orthodontics have enabled us to provide an alternative to traditional metal braces. No more “metal mouth” and hard-to-clean wires and brackets. Invisalign treatments are virtually invisible and easy to maintain, which makes them the clear choice for correcting your smile. At our Woodlands orthodontic office, we are proud to offer both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for our patients. Follow these helpful Invisalign tips and tricks from Dr. Kendra Pratt and get beautiful results.
Wear Aligners as Instructed
One of the benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they can be taken out when you eat and when you brush your teeth. However, they should be put right back in and worn for at least 22 hours a day to achieve desired results.
Keep them in a Safe Place
Clear aligners can be easily misplaced and hard to find! Make sure they are put in a safe place whenever they are removed to avoid a frantic search. One of our favorite tips for Invisalign is to try a plastic travel case that can be stored in your bathroom and can also be easily taken with you when you leave the house.
Tips for Invisalign Cleaning
Along with keeping your teeth clean, it is important to clean your Invisalign aligners. One of the most important tips for Invisalign is to remember not to use hot water or toothpaste on your aligners! Using hot or warm water can cause the aligner to warp, which means they won’t be able to do their job properly. We also recommend using dish soap to gently wash your aligners because toothpaste is too abrasive and can cause damage.
Drink Only Water When Wearing Aligners
Water is the only drink that won’t cause staining when wearing your aligners. Even other clear liquids, like Sprite, contain sugar or other ingredients that are not good for your teeth or the Invisalign aligners. Also, make sure you remove your aligners if you plan to drink hot beverages. As with cleaning, the hot water can cause them to warp and change shape.