For patients in need of orthodontic care for a variety of issues, such as tooth gaps, crooked teeth or misaligned bites, both Invisalign® and traditional braces are potential treatment options. While many people seek a straight answer to which one of these alternatives is ideal, there are several factors that determine which route is better…
3 Things People with Invisalign Should Do Daily
Getting teeth straightened with Invisalign is a great option for people who would rather not go with traditional metal braces that are easy to detect when you smile. It is one of the more popular options nowadays when it comes to orthodontics. Invisalign is a more discreet option, and the devices are barely visible in a person's smile. That makes it possible for you to improve the appearance of your smile without compromising the way you look.
Invisalign is also a more comfortable option when it comes to orthodontics, and it is easier to get used to wearing these devices daily. The aligner can be easily removed for meals and brushing sessions, so the patient is free to enjoy life like they normally would while improving the alignment of their teeth. Invisalign works the same way other teeth straightening devices work. It applies constant pressure to the patient's teeth, slowly moving them into the proper alignment over time.
Getting the most out of Invisalign
Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of Invisalign:
1. Practice good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is essential to keep teeth and gums healthy, but it becomes even more important when a person uses clear braces like Invisalign. The main purpose of brushing and flossing is to remove plaque, acids and bacteria from the mouth. All three things wreak havoc on a person's smile. With Invisalign trays, bacteria, acids and plaque can be trapped on the patient's teeth since they are not exposed to saliva as they normally would be. That means a patient becomes more susceptible to tooth decay when they fail to practice good oral hygiene during their treatment.
Dentists normally recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, but that is not enough when wearing Invisalign braces. For the best results, the patient's teeth should be clean before inserting the tray. That way, there is no plaque or bacteria stuck on their teeth when the tray is worn. This also means brushing and flossing after every meal, since food particles can be deposited on teeth and the spaces between them. Also, when a patient brushes their teeth before inserting the mouth tray, minerals like fluoride and whitening agents in the toothpaste stay on the teeth for longer periods.
The end result is healthier, brighter teeth that will soon be properly aligned.
2. Wear the device for at least 22 hours each day
To get the most out of Invisalign aligners, patients are advised to wear them for at least 22 hours each day. That means only taking the device out during meals and when the mouth is being cleaned. The devices used for orthodontics work by applying pressure on the patient's teeth and they need to be worn most of the time for the treatment to be effective.
3. Follow the recommended schedule and clean the tray daily
Invisalign trays should be worn for about two weeks, then it is time to switch out the tray. Patients should stick to the schedule the dentist comes up with and resist the urge to speed things up. Also, the tray should be cleaned each day. This can be done using an antibacterial soap and warm water. Avoid using toothpaste to clean the tray, since that can damage it.
Follow the tips listed above to get the most out of your treatment. Ready to improve the alignment of your teeth? Set up a consultation with one of our dentists and explore your options.
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