7 Hacks to Make the Best Out of Your Invisalign Treatment
by Emily Taylor
Clear aligners have ushered in a new dawn in the area of orthodontics. Patients who were conscious about getting orthodontic treatment because of a mouth full of wires for more than 2 years are now opting to wear clear aligners like Invisalign to get their teeth straightened.
Invisalign treatment has many advantages — these clear aligners are hardly visible; they make sure that people don’t know about your ongoing orthodontic treatment since there are no changes to your appearance. But are you making the most of your Invisalign treatment? Here are some life-saving hacks to help you do get the best results:
- Use a Timer Every Day Over the Course of Your Treatment
Since we use our phones for everything in our lives, use it to get the best out of your Invisalign treatment too. One great Invisalign hack is to use your phone timer to make sure you wear Invisalign for 22 hours a day. You can pause the timer when you have taken out your aligners to eat or if you are cleaning them.
- Ask Your Orthodontist if you can Get Invisalign Buttons
To speed up the course of your orthodontic treatment, ask your doctor if you can get Invisalign attachments that are known as ‘buttons.’ These tiny buttons are made up of resin that is used to fill in cavities and repair minor chips in your teeth. They’re tooth-colored and almost invisible. These buttons help hold your aligners together and can help correct your bite more effectively.
- Switch to New Aligners Before Bedtime
You’re going to receive a new set of invisible aligners every two weeks, depending on your orthodontist. When you are ready to switch to a new set, make the transition before you go to bed. This helps your aligners do their initial round of work uninterrupted while you sleep.
- Clean Your Aligners When You Have Your Meals
It is emphasized that you wear your Invisalign 22 hours a day for the best results. This means you have two hours without your aligners to brush your teeth, clean Invisalign and eat your meals. But you don’t need to rush your meals, and oral hygiene routine — this will make you feel hassled.
Learn to multitask instead. Clean your aligners when you have your major meals like lunch or dinner. It’s an easy enough task. Use diluted mouthwash, denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning solution to clean your aligners while you savor your food.
- Don’t Drink Anything Other Than Water With Invisalign On
You might think it’s okay to cheat a little and gulp down that much-needed cup of coffee when you are wearing Invisalign while in a hurry.
But hot liquids like tea, coffee, or even beverages like coke or wine can stain and erode Invisalign.
- Travel With a Dental Hygiene Kit
You’ll need to amp up your oral hygiene routine thanks to your Invisalign treatment, even when you’re on the road. Always remember to carry a handy travel-size dental kit with you. A small pouch with a toothbrush, toothpaste, Invisalign case, and floss will go a long way in helping your treatment. If you are traveling for a long duration, consider carrying an extra pair of aligners if you are prone to losing things.
- Use the Last Aligner Tray to Whiten Your Teeth
Ask your orthodontist for a professional home whitening gel for your teeth when you are in the last leg of your treatment. Invisalign aligners can hold the whitening gel in, and hence are an effective way of professionally whitening your teeth.
The most important rule about making sure your Invisalign treatment is effective is to have a good oral hygiene routine in place, and to smile! Since the best part about Invisalign is that no one can see them, flaunt your million dollar smile bravely to the world.
Emily Taylor found the perfect fit for herself as the Online Marketing Manager at Thurman Orthodontics in Fresno CA as she believes that a great smile does more than just make a person look great – it makes them feel great as well. The power of a smile has always been a mystery to Emily, and she loves researching and writing about it. She loves to write about everything to do with a healthy bite and a beautiful smile – whether is it ways to achieve it or the importance of it in the various aspects of life. What brings a big smile on Emily’s face is her family and surfing. She also likes to bake, and her children and co-workers call her the cookie fairy!
*Photos courtesy of Emily Taylor