If you want to get the most out of your Invisalign Clear Aligners and ensure that they are comfortable to wear, there are a few tips that you can follow.
How can I get the most out of wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners?
If you have decided to pursue treatment with Invisalign Clear Aligners, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your treatment:
1. Keep Them Clean
To ensure that your Invisalign Clear Aligners are effective and comfortable, it is important to properly clean them daily. This includes rinsing the trays with clear, antibacterial soap and soaking them in denture cleaner or the cleaning solution provided with the aligners. In addition, it is essential to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before putting the trays back in your mouth. This will help prevent the accumulation of bacteria and food particles on the trays, which can cause discolouration and other issues. By taking the time to clean your Invisalign aligners, you can ensure that your orthodontic treatment is as successful as possible.
2. Track Your Schedule for Switching Times
To ensure that your orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned, it’s important to switch to a new set of Invisalign Clear Aligners every seven days. By switching to the next set in the series at the prescribed time, you can help your teeth shift properly and stay on track with your treatment. To help you remember when to switch your aligners, consider writing it in your calendar or setting a reminder on your phone. Some clear aligner brands also offer an app specifically designed to help you track your treatment progress.
3. Store Your Invisalign Clear Aligners Properly
It is important to keep your Invisalign Clear Aligners in a safe place when you take them out to eat, brush or floss, or engage in sports activities. Using a secure storage case that can fit in your pocket is a great way to keep the aligners clean and prevent them from getting damaged. It is also crucial to thoroughly clean and soaks the aligners in solution before placing them back in your mouth if they have been left out. This will help maintain the cleanliness of your teeth and aligners during treatment.
4. Give Your Teeth Time to Adjust
As you progress through your Invisalign treatment, you may experience some discomfort when switching to new sets of aligners. This is because the aligners are designed to move your teeth in small increments, and it is normal to feel some soreness as your mouth adjusts to the changes. While this discomfort is usually temporary, it can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or dental wax to reduce any irritation. If the soreness persists or becomes severe, contact your orthodontist or dentist for guidance on how to alleviate the discomfort.
5. Use a Whitening Toothpaste
It’s true that Invisalign Clear Aligners can be used to help whiten your teeth during your orthodontic treatment. Because the aligners fit snugly over your teeth, they can help to retain whitening agents and fluoride remnants close to the surface of your teeth, allowing them to work more effectively. To use this technique, you can apply a whitening gel or toothpaste to your aligners before wearing them. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the whitening product carefully, and consult your orthodontist or dentist before starting any whitening treatment.
6. Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene while using Invisalign Clear Aligners to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and clean. When you remove your aligners to eat or drink, make sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This will help prevent bacteria, food, and plaque from being trapped between your teeth and aligners, which can lead to decay and cavities. It is also recommended to brush and floss after each meal to ensure that your teeth stay clean and healthy. In addition, it is important to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while your aligners are in place to prevent discoloration and staining. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your Invisalign Clear Aligners are effective in straightening your teeth and maintaining good oral health.
7. Change to New Aligners at Night
To minimize discomfort when transitioning to a new set of Invisalign Clear Aligners, you might consider switching them at night so you can sleep through the initial adjustment period. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen before bed to alleviate any discomfort. These strategies can help you make the transition to a new set of aligners more comfortable.
8. Wear Your Aligners for 22 Hours Each Day
To effectively straighten your teeth with Invisalign Clear Aligners, it is essential to wear them for at least 22 hours per day. This means minimizing the amount of time you take them out for eating, drinking, and socializing. While you may feel a little self-conscious or have a lisp, in the beginning, these feelings and issues should resolve as you get used to wearing the aligners. If you have any concerns about wearing your aligners or adjusting to them, speak with your orthodontist for advice and support.
9. Monitor Your Diet & Eating Times
To maintain a healthy weight while wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners, you may need to adjust your diet and eating habits. As you can only remove your aligners for two hours per day, snacking may need to be limited. It’s important to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or nutritionist, about adding more calories or protein to your meals in a healthy way. It’s also essential to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you experience excessive salivation while wearing the aligners.
10. Have Backup Aligners With You
It is important to have a backup set of Invisalign Clear Aligners in case your current set becomes lost or damaged. This is because it can take about a week for a replacement set to arrive, and not wearing your aligners during this time can result in a loss of progress. If you don’t have a backup set, it is a good idea to keep your previous set as a backup in case of any issues. While wearing the previous set while waiting for a replacement may set your treatment back a week, not having a backup can result in a more significant setback. It is also important to remember to adjust your reminders for switching to new aligners in the future if you have to use a previous set as a backup.
11. We’re Here to Answer Questions
If you have any questions or concerns about your Invisalign Clear Aligners, our team at York Mills Orthodontics is here to help. We can answer any questions you may have about your treatment plan and offer suggestions on how to adapt to your new aligners. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment and discuss your concerns.