Invisalign® is a clear, plastic aligner that straightens your teeth without wires or brackets. These trays are made of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of brackets and wires. They are made to fit your mouth perfectly. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place.
So, if you are opting for them, you need to keep the following tips in mind:
Patients with Invisalign aligners must brush their teeth twice per day. They should brush for two minutes each time and floss once daily. Patients should brush their teeth prior to placing their clear aligner trays. It’s important for patients to also brush their gums before inserting their trays.
One of the worst habits you can develop with Invisalign is chewing on your aligners. Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn all day long. Chewing on or biting your aligners will distort them, and this can lead to poor results.
When chewing on your aligners, you risk breaking or bending them, which will throw off your treatment schedule. When your aligners aren’t in proper alignment, your treatment time will be longer, and your results won’t be as accurate.
Your Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps. Because of this, you may find it easier to eat food that may not require as much chewing. However, you may also want to avoid hard or sticky foods and also certain drinks that could stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, etc. Instead of drinking these beverages, drink more water.
Your aligners should be worn 20-22 hours per day and should only be removed when brushing, flossing, and eating.
If you need to remove an aligner, be sure to use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth and aligner before reinserting your aligner.
Many patients experience some discomfort after their Invisalign treatment. For most patients, the discomfort is very mild and tends to go away within a few days of treatment. Some patients, however, experience severe pain, which may last several weeks. If you are experiencing any pain, you should contact our office.
For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit Roshan Emam D.D.S. at 850 Middlefield Rd. Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Call us at 650.321.0340 to schedule an appointment.