Metal braces have long been the most common way dentists treat people coping with uneven or crooked teeth. But the Invisalign treatment has taken the dental world by storm, offering a more inconspicuous way for people to have their teeth straightened. This new method has grown in popularity and has now become an alternative option to braces. Before you decide which treatment is right for you, read on to learn more about how you can maintain your Invisalign daily to improve your smile.
It may take your orthodontist several fittings before they find the perfect fit for you. It will take time for your mouth and teeth to adjust to wearing the trays. Leave them in as much as possible for the first 48 hours, so that your teeth can settle into them and adjust. The initial feeling might be a bit abrasive and annoying, but after a few days you will get used to how they feel. Expect a bit of soreness and sensitivity at first, but this goes away after a few days to a week of consistent wear.
Brushing and Flossing
Of course you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly, but when you have Invisalign, it's especially important. When the trays are worn, they can create a moist and warm environment that is perfect for bacterial growth. Frequent brushing and flossing of your teeth can help to prevent this bacteria from affecting your oral health. It's recommended that you brush twice daily and floss once daily at a minimum to maintain good healthy teeth and gums.
Clean the Trays
Aside from cleaning your teeth regularly, you should also clean the trays thoroughly as often as possible. You can use a soft toothbrush to really scrub them clean, and at minimum the trays should be rinsed out with clean water at the end of every day. Make sure your Invisalign trays are as clean as possible before wearing them in order to keep bacteria from gathering there. If you do not keep them clean, you can experience problems like bad breath and tooth decay.
Sugary Foods and Drinks
You will definitely need to avoid drinking beverages like sugary sodas, wine, and coffee while you're using Invisalign treatments. These beverages can create a chemical reaction with the trays that get trapped inside them and cause staining of your teeth. Sugar is also a bad idea, even if you're not using Invisalign. When you eat sugary foods, it encourages more bacteria to grow, causing plaque buildup and decay. Simple steps like cleaning your trays and teeth regularly and avoiding bad foods and beverages will help your treatment work properly and you'll soon be able to enjoy your new, straighter smile.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!