Adjusting To Life With Invisalign

Adjusting To Life With Invisalign
Posted on 11/05/2018

Adjusting To Life With Invisalign

Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 6.38.44 PMHere at Orthodontically Yours, our experienced orthodontists and staff know the importance of having a beautiful, healthy smile! With two offices conveniently located in Mississauga, ON & Thornhill, ON, Orthodontically Yours is proud to offer state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments to successfully straighten your teeth, including offering Invisalign for both teens and adults.

Invisalign clear braces are quickly becoming one of the most popular and effective options for achieving a straight, beautiful smile.

What Are Invisalign Aligners?

While wearing traditional metal braces is still the most common course of orthodontic treatment, metal braces can be clunky, uncomfortable, and at times painful to wear. Many older teens and adults who require orthodontic treatment prefer don’t love the look of traditional metal braces and brackets. Additionally, traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the teeth with dental cement; this system makes it easier for food and bacteria to get stuck in the mouth, and therefore more difficult to properly clean your teeth.

Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) to straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn, and can be easily popped in and out for short periods of time to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This means that almost no one will know you are straightening your teeth! Due to the versatility of Invisalign, it’s much easier to adjust to life with your new aligners versus getting used to the semi-permanence of traditional metal braces. Here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of Invisalign when you leave one of our offices:

Your First 48 Hours With Invisalign

For the first 48 hours of your new Invisalign treatment, make sure to wear each aligner tray as much as possible! Our orthodontists at Orthodontically Yours recommend only removing your trays to brush your teeth for the first two days, getting them back into place as quickly as possible. The initial stage of Invisalign is crucial for accurate treatment throughout the teeth straightening process.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligner Trays 22 Hours A Day

In comparison to the semi-permanence of traditional metal braces, Invisalign only works if you actually wear your trays for the majority of your day. In order to get fast, accurate results, an Invisalign patient must wear their trays for at least 22 hours a day.

Changing Your Aligners On Time

Invisalign orthodontic treatment involves wearing a series of aligners, each designed to correct a different aspect of your smile. But don’t rush ahead and think your treatment will accelerate if you move on to your next tray - patience is key with Invisalign. If one of our expert orthodontists tells you it’s time to change your trays, then it’s time! If they tell you to keep your old tray in just a little longer, let it be! Much like traditional braces, it takes the final opinion of a professional orthodontist to let you know how long each tray should be worn.

Getting Used To The Initial Feeling

For the first few days of treatment, most Invisalign patients say that they can feel their trays pushing against their teeth. While slightly uncomfortable in the beginning, Invisalign aligners are not painful and become less noticeable the more you wear them. By sticking to the 22 hours-a-day rule, you will get used to your trays more rapidly than if you constantly take them in and out.

Talking With Invisalign Trays In Place

When you first put in your brand new Invisalign trays, you may notice that you’ll speak with a slight lisp. Much like the strange initial feeling of wearing your trays, the more you get used to them and practice speaking in them, the faster your lisp will go away.

Keeping Your Mouth Extra Clean With Invisalign

With the convenient ability to remove your Invisalign aligners at any time, it’s crucial to keep your teeth adequately brushed and flossed every day. While your aligners are pressed tightly against your teeth, your saliva will not be able to naturally wash away any debris left behind, which in turn can accelerate the build-up of unwanted bacteria on your teeth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal and snack will help you maintain great oral hygiene during your Invisalign treatment process, and therefore help you avoid plaque, tartar, and tooth decay.

Properly Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners

Every time you remove your Invisalign trays, it’s crucial to clean them properly. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria. Soaking your aligners in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals are all excellent options for keeping your trays clean and sanitized.

You can also clean your aligners with a clear, antibacterial soft soap. Clear, antibacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria. As a side note, it’s not advised to use toothpaste to clean your trays, as this will scratch the plastic and create places for bacteria to live inside your aligners.

Drinking Lots Of Water

With your Invisalign trays in place, it’s important to drink a lot of water every day. As with traditional braces, your mouth is going to sense that something foreign is present, causing you to produce a lot of extra saliva which, believe it or not, can lead to dehydration! When you visit our orthodontic practice in either of our Mississauga or Thornhill locations, our orthodontists will walk you through how much water you should drink, as well as what types of drinks you should avoid to keep your Invisalign aligners clean.

Using Your Invisalign Trays Post-Treatment

Using your Invisalign trays properly is as simple as following the doctor’s orders! After your Invisalign treatment is complete, some patients choose to not wear their trays at all, which means they could lose some of their results. By accurately following post-care instructions from our staff at Orthodontically Yours, you’re ensuring that your Invisalign treatment will continue to work properly for years to come.

Contact Your Thornhill & Mississauga, ON Expert Orthodontists Today!

With state-of-the-art Invisalign technology and in-depth experience, our orthodontists at Orthodontically Yours in Thornhill & Mississauga, ON will provide you with the best tips and tricks to adjust to life with Invisalign. For more information on familiarizing yourself with your new Invisalign clear aligners, don’t hesitate to contact us today!