Many people turn to braces to improve their smiles, and while traditional braces were the only option in the past, patients can now get Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are invisible, so no one can really tell you have braces. If you are planning on getting Invisalign, check out these three tips.
1. Wear Your Aligners Most of the Time
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This means you don't have to change your diet while using Invisalign. With traditional braces, your dentist may recommend avoiding foods that easily get stuck in teeth or braces, such as popcorn, hard candy, sticky candy, and corn on the cob.
Luckily, also unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than metal braces. The smooth aligners don't irritate oral tissue like wires. You will need to occasionally swap out your aligners for a new pair that slightly adjusts the teeth again. This is similar to when the dentist tightens traditional braces, but it isn't usually as uncomfortable.
2. Remove Your Aligners for Meals
You should remove your aligners whenever you eat any food. Unless it's water, dentists also recommend removing the aligners when you drink any liquid. The aligners fit snuggly, but liquid and food particles could slip into the aligners. This prevents saliva from washing it away, which leaves your teeth and gums exposed to plaque and bacteria for longer.
Another risk of eating while wearing your aligners is damage. Hard food may crack the plastic aligners, making them ineffective. You'll have to pay for a replacement pair. Both food and beverages (except water) may also stain the aligners, making your teeth look dingy until you get the next pair.
3. Keep Your Teeth and Aligners Clean
After eating and drinking anything other than water, fully clean your teeth before replacing your aligners. Ideally, you should brush and floss. Failing to do so traps all the sugar, plaque, and bacteria under the aligner where it can attack your teeth. Similar to eating/drinking with the aligners, this may also stain the aligners.
Don't forget to clean your aligners regularly. This removes any residue that may have been left behind after brushing and got transferred to the aligner. It also helps reduce the risk of stains.
For best results, you want to wear your Invisalign as often as possible, but the aligners should be removed for eating and cleaning. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are not bulky or noticeable. If you would like to know more, contact a provider in your area today.