There are several options available for those looking for a clear orthodontic solution. Invisalign, however, is one of the most effective. It has an 80% hold on North America’s clear aligner market and is available through over 50,000 dentists and orthodontists. So Invisalign is definitely obtainable, and yet it’s still not widely used compared to braces. Perhaps that’s partly because potential patients are intimidated by the ease and effectiveness of the aligners. Of course, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable and only effective if they’re used correctly. So here are a few tips for getting the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
Wear Your Aligners for 22 Hours Each Day
Invisalign gives far more freedom than other orthodontic corrective devices. But there are still specific rules needed to achieve the results you want within the time frame your dentist provides. One of those rules is to wear the aligners as much as possible. You’re permitted to remove them to eat and drink any beverage other than water. But other than that, the only time they should be removed is when you’re brushing your teeth. You must wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours every day to see expected results.
Keep Up with Your Home Oral Health Habits
Your home oral habits should be excellent while undergoing the Invisalign treatment. After all, unlike braces, the freedom of removing the aligners means brushing and flossing can continue as normal. As a guideline, always follow the suggestions of the American Dental Association (ADA) and brush twice a day. Don’t forget to floss once daily as well unless your dentist makes another suggestion for your specific needs. Always follow your brushing regimen by rinsing your mouth with water and replacing your aligner.
Take Proper Care of Your Aligners
Invisalign aligners are clear and flexible, but they need to be cleaned daily just like your teeth do. The best course of action is to clean them before putting them back in your mouth–after meals and after your brushing regimen. While toothpaste may seem like a good option, it’s not a recommended cleaner since it can scratch the aligners. Instead, a simple cleaning with soap or mild detergent and warm water should suffice.
Expect a Learning Curve
At first, the aligners may feel weird and cause unexpected difficulties speaking. It’s common to develop a slight lisp until you get used to the feeling and placement of your new device. But don’t worry, it’s not a permanent problem. Simply practice talking while wearing your aligners and the issue will correct itself in no time. Don’t take the aligners out, however, to be understood better or you’ll just end up extending your correctional time.
Get Used to Drinking Water
Invisalign can feel bulky at first. The strange sensation can cause extra saliva to build up in your mouth. It may sound strange, but drinking plenty of water helps reduce the saliva as you’re getting comfortable with the new addition. Water’s the one beverage you can drink without removing your aligners, so you might as well enjoy. And just think of how impressed your dentist will be at your next Red Bank orthodontics appointment.