Caring for your Invisalign
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Caring for your Invisalign aligners
Aligners are removable, so you can clean them to maintain oral hygiene. Just take your aligners out to eat and drink, then brush your teeth before putting them back in.
Rinse your aligners every night and brush them gently with your toothbrush to keep them fresh and clean. Use the Invisalign cleaning system to keep your aligners clear.
Choosing Invisalign means you can clean your teeth with ease compared to traditional braces. You can brush and floss as per usual for good oral health.
The run down: brushing with Invisalign
It’s really important your careful cleaning your teeth, because plaque bacteria are easily trapped inside and around them. The following procedure will make daily brushing and flossing both simple and effective.
- Brush your teeth: clean each tooth individually. First, place your brush at a 45-degree angle the gum line, then apply gentle pressure as you move in a circular motion. Do this for about 10 seconds. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth. Make sure you brush your teeth for a totally of 2 minutes each time you brush.
- Floss at least once a day: Randal will show you the best way to floss, or just follow the instructions on the product package.
- Rinse and check your teeth. rinse thoroughly with water or even better with a mouth rinse, and don’t forget to examine your teeth in the mirror.
- Professional care: visit your dentist for regular check-ups once a year. This will help to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy throughout your treatment.
Do I still have to visit the dentist while wearing Invisalign?
Yes absolutely! We recommend you continue to see your dentist for your regular check-ups once a year while receiving Invisalign treatment. This will help to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy throughout your treatment.
Invisalign tips and tricks
- Prepare a kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss (to use between meals), and lip balm (for dry lips). Carry this with you at all times.
- If you have a special occasion and you’re especially self-conscious of your aligners, don't be afraid to smile – people actually notice your mouth more when it's clear that you're trying to hide something. Plus, if you’re really worried you can just remove them for that event and put them back in when it’s done!
- If you are caught without a toothbrush, vigorously rinse your mouth with water (or mouthwash) and brush as soon as you are able to.
- Practice talking. Although few people will see your clear aligners, some might hear the difference in your speech when you first begin wearing them. Many patients speak with a small lisp initially, but it will vanish with a little practice.
- Carry a case. Always carry a case for your aligners because you’ll need to remove them to eat, and if you place them on a napkin or plate, you may accidentally throw them into the trash. Protect your aligners and your progress by carrying a case so you can stow your aligners safely whenever you take them out of your mouth.
- Keep your previous set of aligners. When undergoing treatment with clear aligners, you’ll generally wear one set of trays before transitioning to the next set. When you switch to a new set, hold onto your old one. If something happens and an aligner is lost or damaged, you can use the prior one to keep your teeth from moving in undesirable ways while you wait for a replacement.
- Use your retainer after you finish. To get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to main that new smile. Teeth have a pesky risk of shifting back after you’ve gone through the work of straightening them out. Wearing your Vivera retainer everyday at the end of your treatment is really important to make sure your teeth stay in their right position after treatment.
- If you are traveling for any length of time, make sure to pack the next set of aligners or have them shipped to you.
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