Once you decide to get Invisalign treatment, you need to remain committed to see the best results. What attracts many people to Invisalign tends to be what leads them to poor compliance in using them. The fact is they just don’t wear them enough. So to help ensure you see the best possible results from these braces, here are eight easy and important Invisalign tips everyone should follow.
1. Use the case
Look, we get your Invisalign can be a real pain, especially when you’re out dining with friends. Whether it’s a casual burger or cup of coffee or a major event like a first date, wherever you go, your case should go too. This is because you never know when you might eat something. Your Invisalign case is your BFF because it keeps you from losing your trays.
Every time you take out your trays, you should put them in your case. This is the only way to protect them and to avoid losing them. Nothing is worse than wrapping your invisible braces in a napkin when you are eating out. That is a target for servers to grab it and toss it on the dirty dish pile and the next thing you know, your aligners have vanished.
It’s a good idea to consider having a few cases for your aligners. Keep one at home, one in your purse or knapsack and if you drive, one in your car. This way you’re always prepared if you need to take them out in a pinch. Use the case, keep the aligners.
2. No gum chum
We get it, you want fresh breath. Unfortunately chewing gum is no longer an option with aligners. Choose a sugar-free mint instead if you’re worried about your breath and avoid an embarrassing gooey mess. This also has the bonus of helping reduce dry mouth symptoms some people experience with their aligners.
3. Keep Up with the Lipstick
If you wear lipstick, keep it up. Some people stop wearing lipstick with their aligners which can lead to uncomfortable and unattractive cracked dry lips. The trick is to choose matte lipstick rather than gloss because it’s less likely to get on your aligners.
Plus, always check your aligners after applying lipstick to look for smears. Just wipe them off and you’re good to go. If you don’t wear lipstick, consider using a not-too-greasy lip balm or chapstick to keep your lips moist.
4. Reduce discomfort with night switches
Most people will experience discomfort when they switch to their new trays. The best way to manage pain is to always switch to your new aligners at night. This way your teeth have time to settle into their new position while you sleep and you’ll avoid the discomfort during the day. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication to make sure you sleep. It will make a world of difference.
5. Ditch the hard candy
We know we said you can enjoy a breath mint, but any candy medicated, minty or fruity with colour is going to lead to an embarrassing discolouration for your aligners. Really, it’s best to avoid candy completely so this is a good incentive to keep you from sucking on unhealthy sweet treats.
6. Carry a toothbrush
Your toothbrush and travel toothpaste should be right beside your Invisalign case. You want to put your aligners back on clean teeth. So always rinse your mouth out before you pop your aligners back in and if it’s after a meal, consider brushing your teeth before putting them back in your mouth.
7. Avoid the urge to take them out
As we mentioned, often being able to take out your aligners is the very reason you might not see the results you want. We get how easy it is to take them out a little more each day.
You want to take a selfie. You meet a friend for coffee. You have a date. It’s picture day at school. You need a new ID photo for work. You’re in your best friend’s wedding party. It’s your own wedding day. The list can be endless but it shouldn’t be. You need to wear your aligners 22 hours a day if you want them to work. You should be very picky about when you feel it’s okay to take them out for anything other than eating or brushing.
Remember, you paid for the aligners, so you only hurt yourself when you don’t follow the rules. If you want to be a good little patient, you can download the app to help track time not wearing them, so you know how long you have them out.
8. Buy some dental wax
Dental wax can be found at most major drug store chains. It is a soft wax that can be moulded to your teeth but more importantly, to your trays. It’s not unusual to experience discomfort on your tongue from the edges of the trays.
You can apply some wax to them and then let us know so we can see if they need to be filed down. This will allow you to avoid cuts and sores on your tongue. If you follow these tips you’re sure to get more enjoyment out of your Invisalign treatment and see better results.
If you would like more information about Invisalign invisible braces in Guelph, call Guelph Family Dentistry at (519) 265-5115 or contact us here.