Travel-sized oral hygiene products will help you clean your teeth on the go – a must during Invisalign treatment
“What do I need to know about Invisalign?” It’s a question on the lips of every interested patient. If it’s really as straightforward as it sounds, won’t there still be snags that come up at the beginning of treatment? Not if you do a little preparation of your own.
Take the opportunity to get ready for alternative orthodontics, before you’ve actually gotten started. Invisalign will be unlike anything you’ve done before, but it doesn’t need to be awkward or unpleasant. After all, this straightening method aims to please, and is formulated especially for adult patients. Check out some of our Staten Island Invisalign provider’s tips below, and let us know if you have any questions.
What to Do for Successful Invisalign Straightening
- Get in the habit of cleaning your teeth more often – We’re supposed to brush our teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. During Invisalign, you’re probably going to be cleaning your teeth a lot more often. Why the heightened frequency? Because you need to scrub away bacteria and acids before replacing your aligners. Otherwise, decay- and erosion-causing food particles could get trapped between your teeth and aligners. You’ll need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking (anything other than water).
- Pack a travel hygiene kit – Since you’ll eventually need to clean on the go, put together a small hygiene kit with travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. It will fit easily into your purse, briefcase, or backpack, and allow you to clean whenever you need.
- Plan out your daily eating – Some Invisalign patients find it a bit of a hassle to eat because of the necessary cleaning afterwards. Map out when you’ll be eating each day, and make sure you get enough at each meal to stay full until the next. Patients often find that their snacking is reduced during treatment because they don’t have time to clean their teeth afterwards (which can actually help with weight loss).
- Find treatment-friendly snacks – This means snacks that are low in carbs and sugar, and bring fewer bad bacteria and acids into the mouth. Try to embrace fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, cheese, and seeds.
- Mark all aligner switch dates on your calendar – You don’t want to get off-track and wear aligners for too long – this could result in lost progress and a lengthened treatment time. Mark switch dates on your phone calendar to get alerts when it’s time to move to the next set.
- Practice speaking with your aligners – Aligners add quite a bit of material to the inside of your mouth. This can make it feel a little more difficult to speak clearly, and some patients report an initial lisp. Practice reading aloud to help tame your tongue and get accustomed to the aligners, and speaking will feel normal again.
- Always keep your case on hand – The last thing you want is to lose an aligner. Make sure to keep your aligner case with you when eating out, so that you don’t accidentally throw away your trays.
- Be sure to floss – If you’re not usually a flosser, now is the time to get in the habit. Flossing removes plaque from spots that a toothbrush can’t reach, and will help keep you cavity-free throughout treatment. You might feel a little sore or notice bleeding gums in the first week of consistent flossing – just keep at it, and this will fade (if it doesn’t, let us know).
- Unless you’re in the act of eating or cleaning, keep your aligners in – Invisalign aligners need to be worn 20-22 hours per day in order to be effective and straighten on schedule. This means you’ll need to get them back in as soon as possible! Only take them out for eating, brushing, or flossing.
- Let your Invisalign provider know if you ever have questions – We’re here to help. If you’re ever uncertain about an aspect of treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch.