Invisalign is an increasingly popular alternative to metal braces for correcting dental problems such as excessive bites and fissures. Invisalign aligners or clear brackets fit over the upper or lower teeth or both. Users change these teeth straighteners every few weeks to gradually move the teeth. Getting Invisalign treatment can be simple, but there is essential information that you should know when wearing Invisalign. Here are a few tips to be mindful of before getting Invisalign:
Chewing is excellent for enhancing the Invisalign process: Chewing is a great way to help your Invisalign perform better. Unfortunately, in the early stages of Invisalign treatment, you can accidentally bite the liner. Chewing helps activate and stimulate cell activity so that the lining can move.
Movements: Movements are a fresher, more convenient way to seat your aligners on the go. These are specially-shaped mints that let you simultaneously ensure your aligner fit and freshen your breath, making the entire process easier and more comfortable. The main advantage Movements have is that they freshen your breath and fight dry mouth simultaneously, ideal for after meals, snacks, coffee, etc. Ultimately, they aim to facilitate a more comfortable end-to-end aligner experience.
Have a portable Invisalign kit: An essential accessory for your Invisalign braces will most likely be an oral hygiene kit. You should also have all cleaning products and tools handy because you have to clean your teeth and gums every time you remove the liners and liners yourself. To have it all in one compact Invisalign portable kit, you can take it with you anywhere; it will make your life a lot easier.
Aligner removal tools: The Clear Aligner Removal Tool has ergonomically designed handles that allow users to grip the device when removing their aligner securely. This tool can be used cheek-side or tongue-side, giving users the option to use the tool in the way that is most comfortable for them. The aligner removal tool works by using a small hook that is placed between the teeth and the aligner. These tools are usually small and fit inside standard aligner cases, even with the trays inside.
Rinse and clean your aligners: Rinse your aligners with water every night. You can also clean Invisalign if it looks dirty or if you accidentally drink something that is not clear while you are taking it, or if you are taking it too quickly after eating. Brush your device with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild, clear liquid soap to remove residue or food debris that may accumulate during the day. Rinse thoroughly after brushing.
Invisalign treatment length varies for each person: To calculate the number of treatments, time is reduced to complexity. Unless your case is very complicated, treatment will likely last about six months. Patients with more complex alignment needs can undergo up to two years of treatment. Because of this, the average treatment time is about 12 months. But here’s one of the great things about the Precision Equalizer treatment: You won’t notice the difference until after a few weeks of treatment.
You can’t eat with them on, sort of: With Invisalign, your diet doesn’t necessarily have to change, but your oral hygiene habits should. Unlike traditional braces-wearers, your invisible aligners are removable, so you can eat whatever foods you want without worrying about getting stuck in your otherwise traditional braces. When eating with Invisalign attachments, we advise that you avoid exceptionally hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. Biting down on hard foods can damage your Invisalign attachments.
Invisalign can help whiten your teeth: Although it is possible to whiten teeth with Invisalign, it is advisable to visit a dentist to analyse the physical condition of the teeth. This can help a person decide whether to do teeth whitening using a liner. Most dentists recommend that you wait until your teeth are correctly aligned before starting teeth whitening. As teeth are constantly moving during the straightening process, the new discoloration can occur.
Over recent years, the idea of getting aligners to straighten teeth has become a popular Orthodontic treatment because of the option of an invisible aligner, which is regarded as a perfect dental solution. Invisalign aligners are 100% customized and are made for your needs, and provide ideal comfort during treatment. Additionally, they are made to move with the shape of your teeth and to offer you the most pleasant smile ever.
Author: Dr. Satish Pai – Founder of Putnam Orthodontics and a Partner at Rome Orthodontics, both located in NY state.