Comfortable, convenient, and discreet, Invisalign is a fantastic modern alternative to traditional braces. With no bulky metal wires or brackets to contend with, it’s no wonder more than 7 million people worldwide have opted to straighten their teeth using the Invisalign system. If you’re considering it or have recently started treatment, read on to find out how to get the best possible results.
Commit to wearing your aligners
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is the ability to remove your aligners to eat and drink, however, this also means that you need to be very self-disciplined about putting them back in. You’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to achieve the fast and effective results you want from your treatment. This is especially important during the first two days of each new set of aligner trays, so try to remove them as little as possible during this time.
Keep a strict brushing and flossing regime
Your aligners will hold any food particles or plaque against your teeth while preventing saliva from doing its usual job of washing them away. This is why maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine is particularly important during Invisalign treatment. Keep a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste set with you when you go out, so you can brush after every meal. This will also help to prevent your aligners becoming stained by brightly coloured foods or drinks.
Stick to your Invisalign schedule
Your Invisalign specialist at St Peter’s Lodge will design a custom plan for your treatment, including when you should change each set of aligners. The majority of patients will only need to visit us for a progress check every 4-6 weeks, so it will be up to you to make sure you follow your recommended treatment plan. Setting a reminder on your phone is a useful way to make sure you don’t forget to change trays.
Plan for emergencies
As the name suggests, Invisalign aligner sets are barely visible, which makes them easy to lose if you’re not careful about where you put them. Take a retainer case with you so you can keep your aligners in a safe place when you’re eating out and minimise the risk of throwing them away in a napkin. Saving your previous set of aligners each time you switch trays is a good backup plan in case your current set gets lost or damaged. Your teeth will begin to shift back to their previous position if you don’t wear your aligners for an extended time, so keeping your previous set as a backup will prevent the loss of valuable progress.
Wear your retainer
When you finish your Invisalign treatment it may be tempting to forget all about your retainer, but if you do you risk sabotaging all that hard work. Following your orthodontist’s instructions about when to wear your retainer is vital to give your teeth time to solidify in their new position and prevent them from shifting back to their original misaligned state.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Invisalign treatment, book a consultation appointment with one of our friendly specialists today.