Congratulations on your Invisalign treatment. You took the plunge for a straighter smile, and it will look amazing! Now you can focus on making healthy habits that will allow your experience to go smoothly AND keep your dental hygiene in tip-top shape!
You’re already on the road to your perfect smile, and you might as well make sure it’s an enjoyable ride. Let’s look into how to make the most of your Invisalign treatments now.
#1 No Eating with Aligners in
Save yourself time, money (and embarrassment) by avoiding eating while your aligners are inside your mouth. Eating can not only damage your aligners but stain them as well. Nobody wants to walk around looking like their teeth are covered in spaghetti sauce. So as a rule of thumb, the only substance you can consume with your aligners is water!
#2 Make Sure to Always Rinse Your Aligners
Because your mouth is full of bacteria, your aligners get close in contact with them. So when you take aligners out, make sure to give them a rinse off with water to remove any excess saliva and keep them bacteria-free.
#3 Soak Aligners Daily To Keep Them Crystal Clear!
Each day, soaking your aligners will keep them odor-free and close to an invisible aesthetic. Drop-in lukewarm water and let them soak for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub them and finish them off for perfection.
#4 Maintain Your Aligner Schedule!
Skipping ahead on aligners can be damaging to your teeth. Their purpose is to make small shifts with every new set. Skipping ahead can shift your teeth more than safely recommended in one sitting. It’s not worth the pain and potential hassle of loose teeth.
#5 Make a Daily Ritual of Cleaning of Your Trays
We understand that Invisalign aligners are new. You might not be used to them. But, it’s essential to adopt a good oral routine early to clean aligners twice daily.
#6 Avoid Abrasive Materials on Invisalign Treatments
Please don’t allow your aligners to become dull by cleaning them with harsh chemicals. They are made to be “invisible” to give patients the discreteness they want. However, when you use abrasive cleaning solutions, you can take away the “invisible” aspect!
#7 Always Use the Case for Storage
Accidents happen. So, avoid aligners being misplaced, tossed, or stepped on by placing them in the case while not in use. They’re an investment! Don’t lose them.
#8 Use Whitening Toothpaste
Once you start your smile journey, you will find yourself brushing your teeth a lot, like A LOT! Use this chance to get straight teeth and white teeth as well with whitening toothpaste!
#9 Always Brush and Floss Your Teeth After Removing Aligners
When you remove your aligners and put them back in without brushing, you trap bacteria on your teeth that can cause cavities, gingivitis, or a foul odor. Make it a habit to always brush and floss to avoid making a bacteria playing ground on your teeth.
#10 Don’t Fight Your Attachments
Attachments are those little bumps dentists place on your teeth before your Invisalign. Though sometimes annoying, They help create the tension necessary to shift teeth during the treatment. Do your best to accept attachments as part of your Invisalign journey to the best results possible.
If you’re interested in Invisalign treatments, please reach out to our office by calling 903-474-8206. We will do our best to get you to schedule for a prompt appointment in no time. We look forward to speaking with you soon.