People who are researching Invisalign vs traditional braces clearly have an interest in caring for their teeth. While that’s great, simply undergoing orthodontic treatment isn’t enough to get the best results. You need to be an active participant in your treatment to get the results you’re hoping for. For example, you’ll need to visit your dentist or orthodontist regularly throughout your treatment. If you undergo Invisalign treatment, you’ll also need to care for your teeth and your clear aligners for however long you use them.
Invisalign Care Kit Essentials
Whether you’re going to have Invisalign treatment for teeth straightening or to address another issue like an overbite, it’s wise to put together an Invisalign care kit that you can take with you wherever you go. It doesn’t matter if you’re going across town or around the world, you should make it a point to travel with your Invisalign care kit whenever you leave home.
During your Invisalign treatment, you’ll wear your clear aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day. Although that’s the case, you’ll remove your trays when you eat or drink something other than water. When you remove your trays, you’ll need to stow them properly. You’ll also have to clean them and brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in your mouth.
Aligner Case or Pouch
If you lose a set of aligners or they suffer damage, it can extend your Invisalign treatment. To avoid that, it’s vital that you store your aligners in a protective case or pouch in your care kit when you take them out of your mouth.
When you remove your aligners, it’s advisable to disinfect them. To ensure you’re able to do this even when you can’t make it to the bathroom, put some cleaning wipes in your Invisalign care kit. If you’re traveling overnight, make sure you put a denture cleaner or some Invisalign cleaning crystals in your kit so you can soak your aligners.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Floss
One of the reasons so many people choose Invisalign over metal braces is that the treatment is comparatively more discreet. To keep your treatment on the down-low, so to speak, you should get a small tube of toothpaste and a travel toothbrush so you can brush your teeth on the fly. You should put a travel sized pack of floss or floss picks in your Invisalign care kit as well.
Some people experience mild discomfort when they first use a new set of clear aligners. To make sure you’re ready to combat pain when you start using new aligners, throw some acetaminophen or Tylenol in your care kit.
It All Starts with an Appointment
Before you have to worry about putting together an Invisalign care kit, you need to schedule a consultation at our Charlotte, NC office. Learn what to expect during your Invisalign consultation now, and then schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you.
Everyone at Clearsmile Orthodontics looks forward to helping you achieve your best smile with Invisalign treatment!