Once you decide on Invisalign in Trumbull to straighten your teeth, you’ll need to go through a short adjustment period. Having unfamiliar aligners in your mouth may feel odd at first, but you’ll be pleased to know that this sensation will disappear pretty quickly. The first week of wearing your aligners is the most important time to develop a good routine so the rest of your treatment is a breeze. Here are five tips for a smooth treatment.
Keep An Aligner Case On You At All Times
When you first get your Invisalign aligners, it can be easy to misplace or lose them and not notice for days. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of always placing them in your case each time you eat, brush, or floss. That way, you don’t accidentally place them on a napkin that you’ll throw out. This can also help you avoid needing to get replacement trays, extending your timeline. Not to mention, cases are a great way to protect your trays from accumulating dirt and germs.
Develop a New Oral Hygiene Routine
While you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to make slight adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. To keep bacteria and plaque from transferring to your trays and getting trapped in your mouth, you’ll want to brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack instead of every morning and evening. This will keep your aligners from becoming smelly or discolored. Be sure to remember to never eat or drink anything besides water with your aligners in.
Get Used To Wearing Your Aligners For Most of the Day
For the first week of wearing your aligners, it’ll be easy to take them out and forget to put them back in. Plus, to stay on track with your timeline, you’ll want to wear them for at least 22 hours each day. The best way to get in the habit of keeping your trays in your mouth is to set after-meal alarms to remind you to put them back in and time how long they’re in your mouth each day. Practicing this will ensure that you get the best results.
Clean Your Trays While You Eat
A great time to soak your trays and clear them of plaque is while you’re eating. You can place them in denture cleaner, a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, or a 50/50 mixture of clear antibacterial soap and water.
Take Your Trays Out While You Work Out
When you first start wearing your Invisalign trays, you may notice that your mouth becomes dry or you produce excessive amounts of saliva. This can make it uncomfortable while you’re running, playing sports, or working out. As long as you remember to put them back in your mouth, it may be easier to do these activities without your aligner in.
When you follow these tips, you can enjoy a smoother transition into starting your Invisalign treatment. It will also help you avoid hiccups along the way, like accidentally losing or damaging your aligners. If you have any questions about caring for your trays or if any complications arise, don’t hesitate to contact your cosmetic dentist in Trumbull.
About the Author
Dr. Scott Cohen started his lifelong career in dentistry as a dental assistant when he was 16. Since then, he has completed years of advanced and continued education, including being trained as a clear aligner provider in 2013. He is passionate about giving his patients the tools and knowledge they need to maintain beautiful and healthy smiles for the rest of their lives. For questions or to schedule a consultation for Invisalign, visit Trumbull Smiles Family Dental’s website or call 203-220-6610.