5 Tips for New Invisalign Users

5 Tips for New Invisalign Users

Tips to get the most out of your Invisalign Treatment

Gaps, bite issues and misaligned teeth are not only aesthetically unpleasing but they also significantly decrease your overall oral health. While orthodontic options like braces are available to correct such issues, many adult patients find the idea of noticeable metal attached to their teeth unappealing. If you fall into this category, fear not as an alternative to traditional braces is available, known as Invisalign.

Invisalign straightens and positions your teeth using virtually invisible, plastic aligners that are custom made for you. This discrete treatment is more common amongst adults as it is barely noticeable.

Fixing almost the same problems as braces, the condition of your teeth should extend to mild to moderate problems. Invisalign aims to correct:

· Crowded teeth

· Gaps

· Protruding teeth

· Crooked teeth

Although convenient, the success of Invisalign largely depends on you. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your treatment:

1. Wear the aligner at least 22 hours a day

You are less likely to get the positive results you want if you do not wear the aligner for most of the day. While the fact that the device is removable can be beneficial, this could also be a huge downfall if you are someone who would forget to reinsert it after you have eaten or cleaned your teeth! With Invisalign, the success or failure of the treatment lies in your hands.

2. Be Patient

The aligner will seem strange in your mouth during the first couple of days. However, the more you wear the device, the less you will notice that it is there. While you will remove the aligner before eating, your speech could sound a bit strange at first and you may develop a slight lisp. This is completely normal and with time, your speech should improve. Although your first instinct will be to remove the aligner while talking to people, we recommend that you keep it fixed and use that time to focus on your words and pronunciation. Talking with the aligner in your mouth will have you used to it in no time.

3. Clean your aligner

Add cleaning your aligners to your dental routine to clean the device of bacteria that will collect throughout the day. Using warm water and a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush the device.

4. Be prepared to practice good oral care

Oral hygiene is an important factor when it comes to keeping a healthy smile. It is especially important during your treatment as leftover food and drink particles can be trapped beneath your aligners. Stain-causing drinks such as tea or coffee can have compounding effects when the aligner is pressing the substance against the teeth. Keeping a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a case for your aligner can be helpful for a quick clean after a meal or snack.

 

Hyde Park Dental Care | Sydney

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