Invisalign has emerged as the new modern way for your dentist to straighten your teeth. It has become a very popular orthodontic procedure, because it straightens your teeth without the need for clunky metal braces, hence the word invisible. By sticking to the maintenance and cleaning routines put forth by your dentist, Invisalign can provide you with impeccably aligned teeth.
Invisalign are a series of clear plastic custom made trays fashioned specifically for your mouth. Each tray is designed to put pressure on your teeth to rearrange their position, with one goal in mind – to straighten your teeth. As your teeth are constantly shifting, new custom trays will be made every two to three weeks until treatment is complete.
It is recommended by dentists that the patient wear the Invisalign trays for almost the whole day (20-22 hours). By wearing the trays for the recommended time, your teeth will move as expected, and when ot comes time to have them adjusted, it will not feel uncomfortable or too tight when you put them back on your teeth.
Invisalign has proven to be convenient, aesthetically pleasing, and now, quite affordable. However, these aligners do require a higher level of responsibility by whoever wears them, as it is important to take care of them to get the best results for your teeth, and not undo all your hard work to keep your teeth straight.
Even though this modern choice for braces seems like a miracle solution for those who would rather have their teeth straightened discreetly and without metal braces, Invisalign comes with a strict set of rules for care. Just like anything else, your oral health is important. For the sake of your gums, teeth, and other parts of your mouth, cleaning your Invisalign liners throughout the day, especially in the morning when you wake up and after you eat and drink, is an essential part of your treatment.
Bacteria, plaque, food particles, and staining can occur if you forget to clean your trays. As a result, dirty trays can lead to bleeding gums, tooth decay, staining, and bad breath. Clean aligners equal a healthy mouth. Follow these steps for your best treatment:
- Rinse and clean: Your saliva and plaque can cause bacteria. Rinse your aligners and brush them, but do not soak them in mouthwash, as that could stain the plastic.
- Brush and floss regularly before and after wearing your aligners: Proper oral hygiene is the key in preventing cavities and tooth decay
- Do not eat or drink with the aligners: Do not eat or drink anything but water when wearing your aligners.