Several advancements in the dental industry have made several dental procedures quite easy. In the case of re-aligning the teeth, people no longer have to worry about using metal braces which leaves the teeth unattractive to straighten the teeth.
Since the invention of Invisalign in 1997, more people are happy to straighten their teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to suit each patient’s need, and the aligners are clear, so they do not affect your appearance in any way. While using Invisalign, you do not need the conventional metal wires and brackets, and you can smile confidently.
If you are about to start your Invisalign treatment, here are some Invisalign tips to guide you during the treatment. These tips will ensure that you get the most out of your treatment and your smile is as beautiful and healthy as you have always wanted.
Drink only water while you have your aligners
While you have your aligners on, you can only take water. Other types of drinks may either damage your teeth or aligners.
For example, sugary drinks can cause tooth decay while soda, coffee, and tea will stain your aligners. The result of this is a discolouration that will make your aligners more visible. Some orthodontist may advise you to always take your aligner out before drinking water.
Always brush your teeth
Your Invisalign aligners may be so comfortable and feel like your natural teeth that you forget to carry out the routine teeth clean. However, brush your teeth after every meal before you re-insert your aligners in addition to your regular cleaning. Brushing your teeth helps remove food particles that may lead to tooth decay.
Engage in slight chewing
Invisalign chewies are essential during your treatment. Invisalign chewies is a sugar-free chewing gum that helps you clean your mouth after you eat. They also help to keep the aligners in place and ensure that your treatment is on track.
Wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours daily
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, unlike the metal braces which the orthodontist permanently fixes to the teeth throughout treatment. However, for the aligner to be effective, you have to wear them for about 20 – 22 hours daily.
The remaining hours are for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking anything other than water. If you have your aligners out for more than 2 – 4 hours every day, your treatment time may be extended.
Always keep your old set of aligners
You need to keep your previous set of aligners because the new one may get broken and you need to have something on your teeth while you get the new one fixed.
To ensure that your treatment does not exceed the normal time, use your old set of aligners if the new one either gets lost or damaged.
Have a nail filer and baby nail clippers
After you fit your aligners, your gum may get sore or irritated from frequent contact with the edges of the aligner.
If your aligner edges are rough or sharp, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to trim it down. Alternatively, you can use a nail filer to file down the rough edges but do it gently, so your aligners do not get broken.
Use an Invisalign case
Invisalign aligners are durable but to prevent them from getting damaged; you need to put them in a case when you remove the aligners from your mouth. Most people put their aligners in their pocket or wrap them in a napkin, but this is unhygienic and unsafe. Leaving your aligners in your car may damage them as high temperatures can melt the plastic aligners.
Get a trusted orthodontist
Ensure that before you opt for an orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment, you read their reviews online and talk to other patients from the orthodontist. The expertise of the orthodontist plays a vital role in the success of your treatment.
Do not always opt for the cheapest Invisalign offer, because you may end up spending more in the long run to fix your teeth.
Wear your Vivera
Your Invisalign aftercare determines how long your new smile would last. At the end of your treatment, your orthodontist may recommend a retainer for you. Most orthodontists recommend Vivera retainer after your Invisalign treatment.
Vivera retainers are made from the last set of your aligners but with more durable material. You should wear them at all times for the first six months and subsequently, only at night.
You may decide to use metal retainers, but they may not be able to keep your teeth in their new position for a long time. If you are about to begin your Invisalign London journey and you need a trusted orthodontist, contact us on 020 37457520 to book an appointment for your initial consultation.