During Invisalign, your travel toothbrush will become your best friend!
Invisalign treats its patients with respect – but it’s still different from anything else you’ve tried. There are special considerations attached to daily life with alternative orthodontics, and it’s important to keep them in mind to see treatment success. Fortunately, that’s not difficult – just follow Dr. Asbury’s instructions, and you’ll see your straightening proceeding on track (and your smile looking beautiful).
Invisalign Tips You May Not Know
- You need to wear aligners almost constantly – Invisalign aligners are removable, so that you can eat, drink, brush, and floss comfortably. But that doesn’t mean you can leave them out of your mouth for long amounts of time each day. The aligners need to be worn for 20-22 hours of every 24-hour period. This doesn’t leave a ton of time! So you need to be able to clean your teeth and replace your aligners as soon as possible after eating. If you find yourself struggling to remember to get them back in, set a phone alarm every time you remove them.
- Oral hygiene is more important than ever – Brushing and flossing are always vital, but they’re even more valuable during Invisalign treatment. We don’t want you to end up with a straight smile that’s riddled with cavities. But aligners can trap bacteria and acids against your teeth. So you need to brush them carefully after eating and before putting your aligners back in.
- Your eating schedule will change – Because you have to clean your teeth after eating (or drinking anything other than water), you’ll find yourself eating less frequently and snacking less. Make sure your mealtimes compensate for the calories that you’ll be missing during the day. Many patients hoping to lose weight find that Invisalign actually helps, because it limits snacks.
- You’ll need to be able to clean on the go – Before you start treatment, put together a small oral hygiene kit that’s portable and easy to keep on your person. Travel-sized toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a mini floss will always have your back.
- You’ll need to continue putting effort into straight teeth, post-treatment – After Invisalign, you’ll need to wear nightly retainers to make sure your straightening sticks. This is true for any orthodontic treatment. But those retainers won’t interfere with your daily life – just wear them while sleeping!
If you ever have Invisalign questions, we’re here to help – get in touch today.