For those who put off orthodontic treatment due to a fear of having to wear braces, Invisalign® invisible aligners are a game-changer. Because they’re clear, they’re discreet – you can wear them without people noticing them. But as flexible as the Invisalign system is, there are some unbending guidelines you’ll need to stick to in order for your treatment to be a success. Take a look at some of the top things you need to know about Invisalign.
You’ll Have to Stay the Course
You can take out your invisible aligner trays whenever you want to, which can pose a tremendous amount of temptation to leave them out longer than you should. You’ll at least need to wear your aligner trays for 20 hours out of each day, though 22 hours is often recommended.
You’ll Have to Get Used to Them
It’ll take you a few weeks to get used to wearing them. There will be slight discomfort during the early days and you’ll have to adjust your speech to speak clearly while wearing your aligner trays. However, you’ll undoubtedly get used to speaking with your aligner trays in and the initial discomfort will fade.
You’ll Have to Keep Up with Your Oral Hygiene
After every meal and each staining beverage, you’ll need to brush and rinse your mouth before replacing your aligner trays. Failing to clean leftover food and drink from your teeth can dirty your aligner trays and encourage the growth of bacteria inside them, leading to or worsening gum disease.
You’ll Have to Steer Around Certain Foods and Drink
Hot food and drink can warp your aligner trays, so you’ll need to take the trays out before consuming hot items. They’re also prone to staining, so you’ll need to pull them out before eating or drinking something that could stain them.
You’ll Be Happy with the Results
Invisalign works fast and efficiently, even faster and more than braces in for some people. Though it takes some getting used to, there’s a strong chance you’ll know and believe that it was all worth it when your treatment is done.
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