How to Adapt to Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign® is a series of transparent, customized, removable orthodontic aligners. Many adults and teens choose Invisalign for a shorter, less obvious alternative to metal braces. Results may lead to a standout smile if the treatment is correctly performed under the supervision of a qualified dentist. New aligners can take some adjustment, however.
If you are looking for an orthodontist in the Philadelphia, Bensalem, or Bala Cynwyd, PA, area, look no further. The Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics team combines expert knowledge and hospitality, which lead to remarkable results for the entire family. Below are some tips that will help patients adjust to their new Invisalign aligners.
Wear Invisalign as Prescribed
To stay on schedule, wear your aligners for between 20-22 hours per day. For each new set of aligners to work well, it is important to keep them in your mouth as often as possible.
Not wearing your aligners as prescribed may lead to:
- Added treatment time.
- Not getting the results you desire.
In comparison to metal braces, keeping Invisalign aligners in as prescribed can lead to treatment that is:
- More discreet
- More comfortable
Mild discomfort may be experienced with clear aligners. This can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, for a brief time. When switching to new aligners, we recommend switching at night just before bed so you can sleep through some of the initial discomfort.
Know When Not to Wear Invisalign
Because the patient has the power to remove aligners as they please, a benefit of Invisalign is that there are no food restrictions.
To avoid staining the aligners and increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, we encourage you to take out your Invisalign aligners before:
- Eating meals
- Drinking anything other than cold water
- Chewing gum
Preserve Your Aligners
Cleaning Your Aligners
Most people choose Invisalign because they are not noticeable by most people you’ll come in contact with. To keep up this illusion, clean your plastic aligners routinely so that they don’t stain.
Toothpaste is crafted for your teeth. When toothpaste is used on Invisalign aligners, they can begin to look cloudy.
To keep your aligners in pristine condition, clean them with warm water and antibacterial liquid soap daily. Even between cleanings, always rinse off your aligners before putting them back on.
Save Your Previous Aligner
If you lose or damage an Invisalign tray, there is a Plan B. Don’t panic. Preserve your progress.
You may temporarily use your last set of aligners. Your old aligners can act as a temporary retainer until you receive your new trays. Then call our office and we’ll make sure a new set of trays is ready for you ASAP.
Stay on Track
Attend scheduled check-in appointments during the treatment process. They are essential to making sure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as expected.
Change can feel uncomfortable. Invisalign treatment comes with some challenges, but the benefits outweigh any minor inconvenience during treatment. Also, compared to traditional braces, Invisalign treatment is a snap.
Always keep the goal in mind: the smile you’ve always wanted.
Find Out If You Are a Candidate for Invisalign
Learn more about Invisalign with help from Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics. We encourage you to schedule a consultation online or give our office a call at (610) 617-0700.