If you’re just now familiarizing yourself with the pros and cons of Invisalign, you’re in for a treat. As you learn about Invisalign, you’ll see that the treatment is highly effective for teeth straightening and fixing an array of common orthodontic issues, such as overbites, spacing and crossbites. To see how effective Invisalign is, look through our patient gallery now!
You’ll also notice that the only downside to the treatment is that some people experience mild discomfort in the first day or two after they start wearing a new set of clear aligners. Luckily, that pain quickly dissipates on its own or it can be minimized with some over the counter medicine like Tylenol in most cases.
Caring for Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
The ability to straighten teeth and correct a variety of dental problems isn’t the only thing that makes Invisalign treatment attractive to so many people. Discretion is another thing that makes people interested in Invisalign. The treatment uses a series of clear aligners to gently move a patient’s teeth into proper position over time. Because they’re clear, Invisalign aligners are barely visible to onlookers if they’re noticeable at all. That is, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible if you care for them.
While the thought of maintaining your aligners may make you reluctant to pursue Invisalign treatment, it shouldn’t. Caring for your Invisalign aligners isn’t labor-intensive or overly time-consuming.
Here are some tips to care for your clear aligners so they remain invisible throughout your treatment:
- Remove them before eating or drinking: Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You should always remove your trays before you eat or drink anything other than water.
- Refrain from smoking or dipping: Just like smoking or chewing tobacco can stain your teeth, they can do the same to your aligners. Do not smoke or dip when your trays are in your mouth.
- Rinse your aligners when you remove them: Whenever you take your aligners out of your mouth, be sure you rinse them with cool or warm water. Never use hot water because it can warp your aligners.
- Brush and floss before reinserting your aligners: Always brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back into your mouth.
- Clean your trays regularly: You should clean your trays regularly using a clear antibacterial soap, a retainer cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water.
- Soak your aligners: Even if you clean your trays daily, you should still soak them. You can use a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals to soak your trays and ensure they remain out of sight when you wear them.
- Protect your trays: Don’t just lay your aligners on the table or the edge of the sink when you remove them from your mouth. Store them appropriately to protect them from germs and bacteria that can discolor your trays and cause them to smell.
Contact or Visit Our Office on South Boulevard
If you’re ready to start a discreet orthodontic treatment that will enable you to achieve your very best smile, we invite you to contact our Charlotte, NC practice. Better yet, stop by our convenient location to schedule a consultation if you’re close to our office.