Tips to Ensure Your Invisalign Treatment is Successful
For decades, the only option for correcting the function and appearance of your smile was traditional metal braces. Luckily, with constant advancements in dentistry, orthodontic treatment without “metal mouth” is now a possibility. At our Woodlands orthodontic office, we are proud to offer both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for patients interested in correcting their smile. Although Invisalign and metal braces have the same goal, the process and treatment can be much different. Wondering what you can do to ensure your Invisalign treatment is successful? Follow these helpful tips from our orthodontist in The Woodlands, Dr. Kendra Pratt:
Wear Your Aligners as Directed
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be taken out. However, your clear aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours a day. They can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning of your teeth.
Helpful tip: When removing your aligners, be careful, they can be quite difficult to locate if you misplace them!
Clean Your Teeth Every Time You Eat
Quite a few patients have reported unexpected weight loss with their Invisalign treatment, this is typically due to the fact that your aligners must be removed and your teeth must be brushed after every meal (yes, snacks count too!). This can be a bit of a deterrent when you just want a little snack. However, most people don’t complain.
Helpful tip: Investing in a travel toothbrush during your Invisalign treatment is probably best.
Keep Your Aligners Clean
Along with keeping your teeth clean during your Invisalign treatment, it is important to make sure you properly clean your aligners. We recommend using dish soap to gently wash your aligners, as toothpaste is abrasive and can damage them.
Helpful tip: NEVER use warm or hot water on your aligners, this can damage and warp them.
Watch What You Drink
You should ONLY drink water while wearing your aligners, even if the beverage is clear. Even clear sodas such as Sprite are known to stain and damage aligners.
Helpful tip: Avoid hot beverages also, they can warp your aligners, making treatment ineffective!