When you invest time and money into something, it is important that you do all you can to get the most out of your purchase. Invisalign is no different. Invisalign is popular orthodontic treatment that relies on comfortable clear aligners rather bulky metal braces. While Invisalign is known for convenience and comfort, it is still an orthodontic treatment that requires sacrifice in time and money.
In terms of straightening your smile, you’ll find that Invisalign is one of the easiest options available. However, don’t lose sight of the fact that this clear aligner therapy still needs to be used properly to get maximize effectiveness. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the biggest return on your Invisalign investment, which means gaining a straight, beautiful smile as quickly as possible:
#1 Don’t forget to brush and floss daily.
Invisalign does an incredible job at moving your teeth into proper position. However, the plastic aligners can inhibit your saliva from doing its job of rinsing your teeth and gums throughout the day. Fortunately, you can remove Invisalign for daily oral hygiene. It is important that you take this duty seriously and spend time flossing and brushing each day. This will prevent dental problems like decay and gum disease that could impede your orthodontic treatment.
#2 Don’t ignore the first 48-hour rule.
The initial two days of each aligner set is the most important. During this 48 hour timespan, you will be instructed to wear your aligners as much as possible. This is important to ensure your teeth respond and adapt to the new positioning.
#3 Don’t leave them out more 2 hours each day.
Invisalign works fast if you wear the trays for at least 22 hours of the day. This leaves you with two hours to take them out for brushing, flossing and eating. Forgetting to put your aligners back in your mouth in a timely manner could prolong your treatment time and delay your results.
#4 Don’t disrupt the order and timing of your aligners.
Your orthodontist will give you detailed instructions on when to change out your aligners and which set of custom aligners to use. Changing them out too soon or waiting a few days to start a new aligner set can limit what you get out of your Invisalign investment.
#5 Don’t give up if it feels weird at first.
While Invisalign is known for its superior comfort compared to traditional braces, it is still an appliance on your teeth that will require getting used to. The adjustment period of wearing your aligners is typically brief, but it is important to stick through it and not take out your aligners when they feel “weird”.
Have more questions about Invisalign and how you can get the most out of your orthodontic treatment? Call Pure Smiles Dentistry. We are proud to offer this innovative clear aligner therapy that creates beautiful smile with comfort, convenience and discretion!