Invisalign is one of the most popular and celebrated orthodontic products on the market. Unlike traditional wire braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible when installed and can be removed at any time – for instance, during eating. Invisalign works in fundamentally the same way as a traditional brace by applying a consistent force on the teeth. But rather than tightening up a wire periodically as with a wire brace, Invisalign treatment requires that you regularly switch to new plastic braces, designed to conform to the shape of your mouth as your teeth move. It’s a truly innovative system.
However, just as with regular braces, you’ll need to do things to ensure that the treatment is successful. Take a look at the following Invisalign tips:
Invisalign Tip #1: Care For Your Aligners
Throughout Invisalign treatments, you’ll use several aligners. Each aligner is slightly different from the previous one, ensuring that you apply constant pressure to your teeth so that they move into the desired position. You should clean your aligners regularly with both warm water and antibacterial soap. Invisalign provides their own line of cleaning products, designed to complement their aligners, so you can choose to use these if you prefer.
Invisalign Tip #2: Avoid High Tannin Drinks
Tannins are pigments found in plant foods. Tea and coffee are both made from plants that are high in tannins and can stain both your teeth and your aligners. Pigment particles infiltrate the aligner compound and cause it to look brown and dirty – not what you want. To keep your aligners transparent, avoid tea and coffee for the duration of the treatment and consider alternatives.
Invisalign Tip #3: Change Your Aligners On Schedule
Invisalign is an advanced treatment that requires special attention. Your dentist should tell you when you need to change your aligner, based on your progress. Follow their instructions; otherwise, your teeth could suffer.
Invisalign Tip #4: Practice Your Speech
Invisalign aligners are similar, in some ways, to mouthguards – at least in how they make your mouth feel. Although aligners are discreet, they will inevitably have an impact on the way you talk. The protrusion of the aligners from your teeth changes the way your cheeks and tongue interact with the rest of your mouth as you make the movements to form certain words, making them sound different from how they would normally.
Changes to your speech are nothing to worry about – after all, Invisalign is temporary. However, if you feel self-conscious about it, then you can practice talking while wearing your aligners. Over time, you’ll naturally adjust, and your speech patterns should return to normal. Remember, if you are having trouble, you can always take your aligner out during a conversation.
Invisalign Tip #5: Brush And Floss After Meals
Dental professionals recommend that you brush and floss your teeth after eating before reinstalling your aligner. Particles of food can get stuck between your teeth and ultimately affect the shape of the aligner, resulting in poorly aligned teeth. To be on the safe side, clean your teeth before installing your aligner.
Schedule An Appointment With Us Today
If you are interested in Invisalign and want to greatly improve your smile then schedule an appointment with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale today! Our team looks forward to meeting you and helping you gain more confidence in your smile!