If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering or have already started Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth. Congrats on taking the first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile! Invisalign is a fantastic option for those who want to straighten their teeth.
But, just like any orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to follow your orthodontist’s instructions and maintain good oral hygiene to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
Here are some tips to help you along the way.
Preparing for treatment
Follow any instructions from the orthodontist when preparing for treatment. This may include getting any necessary dental work done, such as fillings or extractions, before starting treatment. Getting the dental work done beforehand is essential because it ensures that your teeth are healthy and ready for the process. With proper preparation, your treatment could be completed and successful.
You will need X-rays and photos before treatment begins. These images help create a baseline of your current dental health, which you can use to track your progress as your treatment progresses. It’s always fun to look back at where you started and see how far you’ve come! Our patients are always amazed by the transformation.
Good oral hygiene is super important during Invisalign treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Wearing your aligners as prescribed is crucial for the success of your treatment. Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how long to wear your aligners each day and when to switch to the next set in the series.
It’s common to wear the same aligners for two to three weeks before switching to the next one in the series. You will need to wear them for 20-22 hours daily and remove them only when eating or brushing your teeth.
When you switch to the new aligners, ensure your teeth are clean and free of any food particles. Otherwise, the aligners may not fit correctly and cause your teeth to move unevenly.
Handling and cleaning
Handling and cleaning your aligners is also important. Make sure to rinse them off with cold water after taking them out to eat or drink, and clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser at least once a day. You can also use denture cleaners that are specifically designed for cleaning aligners.
Keep your follow-up appointments
Not only will we check your progress, but we can make adjustments to the aligners if necessary. This is key to ensuring that your treatment is progressing on schedule. Also, during follow-up visits, we can check for any cavities or other dental health issues that may have occurred during treatment.
What about discomfort?
It’s normal to feel discomfort when wearing aligners or switching to a new set. However, it should go away after a day or two. If the pain persists or is severe, contact your orthodontist.
You may also find that the aligners cause some minor irritation in your mouth, especially if you have sensitive gums. If this happens, brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce inflammation.
If you are experiencing irritation or discomfort while wearing aligners, there are a few things you can try:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This can help to reduce inflammation and soothe your gums. Try for 2-3 times per day.
- Try applying a small amount of toothpaste or mouthwash specifically designed for sensitive teeth and gums to irritated areas of your mouth.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or cold while wearing your aligners.
- If the irritation persists, try wearing your aligners for shorter periods, gradually increasing the time you wear them as your mouth becomes accustomed to them.
- If the irritation is severe or you experience any other serious side effects while wearing your aligners, you should contact your orthodontist or dental provider as soon as possible. They will be able to provide you with further guidance and recommendations.
Once your treatment is complete, your orthodontist will likely prescribe a retainer to help maintain your new smile. It’s essential to wear your retainer as prescribed to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.
Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Following your orthodontist’s instructions, maintaining good oral hygiene habits, and wearing your aligners as prescribed are all essential for getting the most out of your treatment. With a little effort, you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved smile in no time.
Ready to get started on your Invisalign journey?
You and your family deserve a smile that’s worth smiling about. Contact Booth Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation and determine if this treatment is right for you! Our experienced team of orthodontists will work with you every step of the way to ensure you get the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.