Invisalign can be a great option if you need teeth straightening, and 47% of teens with Invisalign say that their self-esteem increased during treatment. According to Doc Player, only 22% of teens with metal braces said the same. However, getting the best results will require some work, and there are a few key things that you should know if you want to get the most from your aligners.
1. Wear Your Aligners for a Full 22 Hours Every Day
Your Invisalign aligners only work if you wear them for the full time that you need to, and this means wearing them for at least 22 hours every day. While you will need to take them out when you eat and drink, you should try your best to leave them in for as long as possible, aside from such times, to get the best results.
2. Stay On Schedule
When you wear traditional braces, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist to have them adjusted. However, with Invisalign, you usually have a series of trays that you need to switch out as required. If you don’t stay on this schedule, you could end up prolonging treatment and not getting the results that you want. If you’re worried about forgetting, consider setting a reminder on your phone or calendar so that you stay on track.
3. Keep Flossing and Brushing
Because aligners completely encase your teeth, your saliva won’t be able to effectively clean them of germs and bacteria. This means that you should always brush and floss after eating a meal and before putting your aligners back in. If not, you increase your risk of cavities and gum disease, which, can seriously set back getting your perfect smile.
4. Never Eat With Your Aligners In
Food and drink can stain aligners and chewing with them can damage them, making them less effective. The only time you won’t have to take them out is if you are drinking water.
If your aligners get damaged or lost, make sure to hold on to your old ones so that you can use them as a placeholder while your orthodontist orders a replacement. This will stop any progress you’ve made from reversing.
If you are thinking about getting Invisalign to straighten your smile, keep these four tips in mind so that you can end up with the best results possible. To learn more about Invisalign and other kinds of orthodontic treatment, including metal braces, contact the smile doctors at Parker Orthodontics today!