Patients love Invisalign® since they allow them to obtain the same outcome of a orthodontic treatment (traditional braces) as discreetly as possible. If you truly intend to on getting the most out of this treatment, you’ll need to understand how to get the most effective results from the process. That means recognizing what helps your overall oral hygiene and knowing what will hinder your progress
Keep Your Pearly Whites Healthy
The largest set back to wearing Invisalign® aligner trays can come from bacteria build-up. This results in virtually the entire surface area of all your teeth being exposed to harmful elements. This is caused by food getting stuck within the trays. To combat this issue, be sure to brush, floss, and use mouthwash after every meal as often as possible.
Keep Your Aligners Clean
Your teeth aren’t the only place that bacteria can be caught. Make sure to keep your aligners free of food debris. Cleaning out your trays at the start and end of each day will help with that, it also creates a habit to remember to constantly be aware of the responsibility of maintaining your aligners.
Make Sure You Use Them
Another big obstacle to the success of your Invisalign treatment is not using them correctly. Your aligner trays should be worn for 22 hours a day. Of course, this means that you can remove them before meals, but try to limit your mealtime to avoid the 2-hour removal time frame. Here are some choices to help you manage the task if you find it difficult:
• Use a timer after removal
• Request the teen format with the blue use indicator dot
• Reduce from three meals each day to two larger ones
• Cut out snacking
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If you can manage to keep the aligners in all day, every day, you’ll get through treatment faster.
Got any questions about the Invisalign treatments? If so, contact our offices in San Jose, California to set up an appointment to speak with Dr. HagShenas.