Living With Invisalign™
With modern orthodontics, you don’t need to wear braces to straighten your teeth. If you have mild to moderate dental malocclusions, then you can use Invisalign aligners on your teeth. Invisalign aligners are made using X-rays and molds of your teeth, but you won’t wear only one set of aligners for six months to two years. The plastic aligners are made in a series with slightly different designs so that the devices will apply pressure against your teeth. You might wonder what a typical day is like when you are using aligners to straighten your teeth.
Wear Your Aligners at Night
When you wake up in the morning, you will have worn your aligners throughout the night. An essential part of your treatment plan is wearing the Invisalign aligners as much as possible, including during the night. After you are awake, you can remove the aligners while you eat a nutritious breakfast.
Brush Your Teeth after Eating
Before you insert your aligners, you must brush your teeth to remove the food debris from breakfast. You should use mild, nonabrasive toothpaste that contains fluoride, and you can also floss your teeth to remove new plaque. It is vital to clean your aligners in the way that is recommended by your orthodontist.
Remove Your Aligners While You Eat Food
Place your aligners over your teeth carefully on the top and bottom of your mouth. As you are preparing for your day, make sure to bring along a special container for your aligners. This device is a way to protect your aligners while you eat lunch or any snacks. Also, if you drink any beverages that can discolor the plastic of the aligners, then you should remove the devices first.
Wear Your Aligners As Much as Possible
Choose nutritious foods for your snacks and meals throughout the day to keep your alveolar bones, gum tissue and teeth healthy. It is okay to rinse your aligners with cool water during the day when you have excess saliva or notice any plaque on the devices.
Switch to New Aligners Every Two Weeks
You will switch to a new set of Invisalign aligners every two weeks, and the devices are stamped with a number to keep you organized. As you begin to wear a new set of aligners, you may notice some pressure on your teeth, and if this is painful, then you can apply ice packs to your face. It is also acceptable to take pain relievers to overcome your discomfort.
Brushing and Flossing at Night
Before you go to sleep at night, you should perform oral hygiene again by brushing and flossing along with cleaning the aligners. Place the clean aligners over your teeth, and in the morning, you will follow your daily routine for Invisalign aligner treatment.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More about Orthodontics
To learn if you can use Invisalign to repair your dental malocclusions, contact Dr. Petra Schubert at 214–987–0055 to schedule an appointment.