Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that does not use metal wires and brackets. Instead, it uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a great option for patients of all ages and lifestyles. Listed below are some helpful tips for new Invisalign patients.
While your aligners are removable, it is important that you wear them for the appropriate amount of time each day. Failing to wear the aligners for the required number of hours may cause your teeth to shift out of alignment – so it is very important that you commit to the treatment and follow the guidelines! The length of time an aligner should be worn will depend on the specific treatment plan your dentist creates for you. During the initial treatment phase, patients are usually told to wear their aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day. As the patient progresses through the treatment process, they may only need to wear them for a minimum of 18 hours per day. This assumes that the patient is progressing at a good rate and is successfully moving their teeth into their desired position.
When you’re wearing your Invisalign aligners, it’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene by cleaning your teeth properly each day. That means brushing and flossing every day like you would without them! You should also make sure you clean your aligners regularly. Here’s how:
You should avoid eating any hard foods, like popcorn kernels or hard candies. These can damage your aligner trays and break them. You should also stay away from foods that are extremely sticky, such as taffy or gum. Sticky foods can stick to your teeth and can cause tooth decay.
Avoid smoking while wearing aligners. Smoking can cause staining to your aligners and will discolor your smile. If you do smoke, do your best to quit before you start treatment, or at least don’t start until after you’ve completed treatment and have your beautiful new smile to show off.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and how they can straighten your smile, speak to our dentist today to schedule a consultation. Visit Caspian Dental Center at 410 Park Grove Dr., Katy, TX 77450, or call us at 832-321-4901 now.