Braces are a commitment, whether you opt for traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear braces. Here, our dentists explain what kind of responsibility you can expect with Invisalign.
When you choose Invisalign, you’re making a major commitment to an orthodontic treatment.
That's why it's important to take your treatment seriously and follow the instructions set out by your dentist.
If you remain committed to your treatment and are willing to make some small adjustments to your daily life, you will see the benefits of Invisalign.
Wearing Your Aligners Daily
With Invisalign, your total length of treatment will depend on your specific case, but you can expect to wear the clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Making Small Adjustments to Eating Habits
While Invisalign may not affect your diet, you may want to make some adjustments to your eating schedule. It is recommended to eat three meals a day and skip snacks as much as possible.
You will be required to remove your aligners for eating and drinking - even if you just have a small sip of coffee or soda. Otherwise, you risk staining your aligners or developing cavities.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, there is no extra commitment for your actual brushing and flossing routine. You can simply remove your aligners, and clean your teeth as usual.
Invisalign requires you to properly clean the aligners each time you remove them using a soft soap and toothbrush.
You will also need to soak the aligners regularly to remove any buildup and to keep them sanitized.
Attending Regular Dental Checkups
During your Invisalign treatment, you will be required to attend regular dental appointments.
These checkups are necessary so your dentist can ensure that your treatment is on the right track.
Following After-Treatment Care
No matter what sort of orthodontics you get, you still need to wear a retainer once treatment is complete. This will help your teeth to stay in their new positions.
Be sure to follow whatever instructions your dentists gives you about when and how long to wear it.