Invisalign provides a subtle way to fix teeth alignment problems. Gone are the days when patients had no other options besides traditional metal braces, which can ruin the appearance of your teeth. Invisalign works just like regular braces — it gradually pushes the wearer's teeth into a better alignment.
Patients get a number of aligner trays at the start of their treatment. Each is used for two weeks, then replaced with another that pushes the wearer's teeth closer to the desired goal.
Getting the most out Invisalign treatment
The most effective way to get the most out of Invisalign treatment is by forming a routine that can be maintained throughout the treatment period. Here are some simple tips that allow patients to get the most out of their Invisalign treatment:
1. Communicate with your dentist
Patients should ask lots of question while they are being fitted. Invisalign is made to a high level of precision, with each tooth getting the right amount of push it needs. There should be little discomfort and no sharp edges on each tray. If there is, talk to the dentist about it.
2. A little pain and discomfort is normal
Patients might deal with some pain and discomfort the first few days after wearing a new aligner tray. It usually goes away once their teeth have gotten used to it. Patients can make things easier for themselves by eating soft foods during that period and using over-the-counter pain medication to manage the pain.
3. Create a daily routine and stick to it
Patients who do not create a daily routine are more likely not to wear their clear aligners as recommended by the dentist. Patients need to have them in for 22 hours each day, so it is best to plan how to utilize that two-hour window the device does not need to be worn. Remember, meals and mouth cleaning have to be done within that time-frame.
Patients should track their use of the aligners and remember to switch them out as recommended by their dentist.
4. Keep the dentist informed
Patients should never hesitate to contact the dentist to let them know how their treatment is coming along. The dentist can help if the trays are not fitting correctly, or if they lead to more discomfort than expected. Patients should show up for all follow-up appointments set by the dentist.
5. Keep the aligners clean
Patients should make a habit of never eating or drinking anything besides water when they have their aligner tray in. Invisalign trays can become stained, and that makes it easier to notice they are being worn. Those who hope to straighten their teeth discreetly should make it a priority to keep their aligners clean all the time.
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