Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that uses a clear customized tray made of durable material to gradually shift misaligned teeth into a proper position. The tray fits snugly over your teeth and an expert like Alicia Schraner DDS may recommend them to treat a wide range of dental issues, including overcrowding, crossbites, underbites, overbites, and gaps in the teeth.
Because Invisalign is made from clear materials, they are virtually invisible. They do not feature any metal brackets or wires, making them perfect for people who would like to correct their teeth discreetly. You can also easily remove Invisalign at home. That said, you do need to take care of them for the best results. Here is how.
Do Wear Them as Recommended
Dentists recommend you wear your Invisalign every day for at least 20 to 22 hours for the best results. Following these instructions could help you see results in a year or less, depending on the severity of your problem. If you wear the tray for fewer hours, your treatment may take longer. You can ask your dentist about possible adjustments for special occasions like weddings.
Do Clean Invisalign Regularly
Whenever you remove your Invisalign, it is advisable to rinse it to avoid transferring germs into your mouth when you wear it again. Your dentist will also have instructed you on how to brush it. Do this gently with a brush but without cleaning agents like toothpaste. Every few days, soak your tray in denture cleaner or cleaning crystals. You also need to pay as much attention to your own teeth, brushing and flossing at least twice a day to eliminate bacteria.
Don’t Wear Them While You Eat
Invisalign are invisible but they are not immune to damage. If you wear your tray while you eat, you may stain, cloud, or discolor the clear braces. Your bite pressure may also cause breakages, chips, and cracks. Damaged Invisalign can harm your teeth, gums, and mouth all of which could compromise your treatment. To avoid all of this, remove your Invisalign and place it in a protective case while you eat.
Don’t Ditch the Retainer
After your Invisalign treatment, there exists a risk that your teeth might re-migrate to their previous position. Your dentist will usually address this by prescribing a retainer that you will need to wear for a given period. You might be more than willing to avoid it, especially after wearing Invisalign for a long time, but it is paramount that you do not. The retainer will help you maintain your new smile.
Do Consult Your Dentist
Finally, always consult your dentist if you run into any problems wearing your Invisalign. This includes problems with the fit, stained trays, discomfort, or a lack of improvement in your teeth alignment. Your dentist can help resolve these problems and get your treatment back on track.
Get Your Best Smile with Invisalign
Wearing traditional braces is not for everyone – teenagers and adults especially appreciate the discreetness of Invisalign. But while Invisalign can give you the smile of your dreams, you have a crucial role to play. The fact that you can remove the tray at any time also means you need to be disciplined enough to stick with the treatment. If you have any questions about Invisalign or need to help caring for yours, reach out to a professional provider anytime.