Invisalign plastic aligners are an increasingly popular alternative to metal braces. Invisalign has become popular for how subtle it looks while you are being treated.
In fact, Invisalign aligners are so subtle that they can sometimes be worn and others will not even notice them!
This is not to claim that Invisalign does not come with challenges. No dental treatment is entirely convenient, and Invisalign is no different.
To make your Invisalign experience better, Bondi Dental offers you some easy hacks that will help you maximize your Invisalign experience and minimize your inconvenience.
Wear them nearly 24/7. This should be obvious – simply wearing your aligners is the most important part of the tooth-straightening process. Invisalign aligners only work if you wear them nearly 24/7. With a set of new aligners, in fact, you should wear them almost permanently for the first 48 hours. There is a simple rule of thumb – if you aren’t busy eating or brushing you teeth, then your aligners should be on your teeth! On a normal day, you’ll wear your aligners for 22 hours. If you slack off on this important tip, your teeth won’t move as planned, and your treatment time will have to be extended.
Clear mouthwash baths. Keeping your trays in for such a long time can cause an unclean taste in your mouth. To combat this, two to three times per week, soak your trays in a diluted clear mouthwash bath. 50% mouthwash, 50% water should be just right. TA quick soak for three to five minutes at a time is all you need.
Tray removal tool. It’s not the greatest look, nor is it a lot of to be constantly putting your fingers in your mouth every time you want to take out your trays. It can also be messy. To overcome this problem, just buy an Invisalign tray removal tool.
Smooth rough edges. Ignore this hack if you don’t feel any sharp edges on your aligners. However, if your gums, tongue or cheeks are feeling scraped, find a fine grit nail buffer – NOT a coarse metal file! A fine-grit nail buffer can be used to smooth the edges of plastic corrective dental wear.
Brush after every meal. Your dentist will ask you to wear your Invisalign trays for 22 hours a day. However, don’t replace them immediately after a meal, unless you’ve already brushed. If you don’t brush, food stuck in your teeth can distort the shape of your trays, eventually leading to poorly aligned teeth. Also, brushing is another way to keep your mouth and breath clean.
Travel dental care kit. Your investment in your smile is not a one time thing. For best results commit to routine upkeep of your teeth. One extremely useful thing to have at hand is a dental care kit to take care of your teeth and your aligners. A great kit includes a retainer case, a travel-size toothbrush, mini interdental brushes and aligner chewies.
Cut back on coffee and tea. One way to assure that your Invisalign trays are easy for all to see is to drink a lot of coffee and tea. Coffee and tea can stain aligners, making them visible and taking away one of their great advantages. If you chose Invisalign because it has a discrete appearance, the last thing you want to do is stain them a dingy yellow.
Keep your previous set of aligners. When undergoing straightening, you’ll usually wear a set of trays for two weeks and then move on to the next set. When you make this switch, hold onto those old aligners. If a new aligner is damaged or misplaced, you can use the last set to keep your teeth in line while you wait for replacement aligners to come.
Practice talking. What does talking have to do with Invasalign? Well, although most people won’t spot your aligners, some might pick up on subtle changes in how you talk, particularly when the aligners are new. Some patients have an initial small lisp, but it will quickly go away if you practice talking in private.
Now that you’ve read our awesome hacks, you’re ready to straighten your teeth with Invisalign! Bondi Dental is here to help you decide if Invisalign is your right choice, to design your Invisaligners, and to support you at each step of your tooth straightening!
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Bondi Dental is conveniently located in the Eastern Suburbs – Bondi Beach, Bondi in Sydney. Our group of dental professionals has combined experiences of over 60 years in all aspects of dentistry.
We offer high quality dental preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services for all patients in the region. Bondi Dental offers free parking at the rear of the building and FREE Dental Consultation including a complete dental check-up.
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