Your dentist has told you that you need braces. After they explain all your options, you feel like Invisalign is going to be your best bet. Invisalign, like anything else, has its pros and its cons.
But you can bring out the best in it with proper care.
Like regular metal braces, there is a lot of preparation that goes into using them if you want the best experience and results. Mess up and you may end up having to use them longer than you would like.
To help you get the most out of your braces, here are a few Invisalign tips you should keep in mind before you start the process.
1. Wear Them All the Time
For your Invisalign braces to work, you’ll need to wear them all the time. This rule applies to any braces, no matter which option you go for. Long story short, you need to wear them at least 22 hours a day.
You can take them off to eat and brush your teeth, but that is about as long as you want to keep them out for. If you don’t follow this crucial step, your teeth may not align themselves the way that they should, which will cause you to have to wear them longer than you or your dentist planned.
2. Practice Speaking
The good thing about Invisalign is that nobody will be able to see them when you open your mouth to speak. The bad thing is that you will talk with a slight lisp for a bit.
This lisp will go away the longer you wear the Invisalign braces. You just have to get used to speaking with them in. Your best bet with this is to practice as much as you can.
3. Bring a Case with You Everywhere
When going out with friends, you never know when someone is going to suggest hitting up a restaurant to grab something to eat. You’ll have to take out your braces, and the last thing you want is to put them on your plate or napkin. It’s very possible that you’ll forget about them and throw them in the garbage on accident.
To avoid this unfortunate scenario, bring a case to store them in everywhere you go.
4. Be Picky About Your Oral Hygiene
The great thing about Invisalign is that you don’t have to brush or floss around them like you do metal braces. You can continue your oral hygiene the same as you did before the braces.
But that doesn’t mean you can afford to let your guard down.
The trays coupled with the moisture from your saliva makes the perfect home for nasty bacteria. The trays also stop your saliva from rinsing your mouth like it normally would so you have to take matters into your own hands.
On top of carrying around a case, also keep a travel toothbrush with you. This way, you can sneak off to the restaurant’s bathroom after a meal and brush your teeth before putting your braces back in.
5. Always Clean the Trays
Your teeth aren’t the only things that need to be cleaned on a regular basis. You also need to worry about the trays themselves. They can get pretty gross after a while.
To do this, rinse them out with warm water and brush them with a soft bristled brush. You can use toothpaste but make sure that it’s non-abrasive. Toothpaste with abrasive ingredients can discolor your trays.
If it doesn’t discolor them all together, it most certainly will cause a dull sheen to appear on the surface which will make them more noticeable. This sheen will kind of counteract the entire point of getting invisible braces.
6. Be Careful of Stains
Do you know how your dentist gives you an entire list of foods that you should avoid once you get braces? This is a list that you should still keep in mind even with invisible braces. Beverages like coffee, for example, can get stuck between your teeth and the trays and stain them both.
This will at the very least make your Invisaligns look dingy and cause them to stand out. Again, the opposite effect that you want.
While you don’t have to give up your morning coffee altogether, you should practice caution. Obviously, don’t drink your coffee while wearing your braces, and thoroughly brush your teeth before you put them back in.
7. Don’t Throw Out Your Old Trays
You change over to new trays every two weeks. When you make this change, don’t throw out your previous set. This sounds gross, but hear us out.
Remember our restaurant example? Imagine that you didn’t have a case or you forgot it so you place your braces on a napkin and toss them out with your trash. You now have to wait to get another set.
There is no telling how far your teeth will fall out of alignment while you wait. By keeping your old ones, you’ll always have a backup pair on hand.
Brace Yourself by Using These Invisalign Tips
The Invisalign route is one that many people prefer when their dentist tells them that they need to get braces. While it’s a good option, you’ll still have to put as much caution and care into them that you would with metal ones. If you use these Invisalign tips though, you’ll find the transition is a little easier.
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