How to Care for Your Teeth While Using Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses transparent aligners in order to straighten your teeth. The system is great for a lot of folks; minor to moderate orthodontic corrections can be completed with Invisalign and it’s particularly well-suited for folks in customer or client-facing positions. This has lead to an increase in the use of orthodontics by adults, and all of you need to know how to take care of your teeth when you’re using the system – after all, your parents aren’t going to tell you (unless they’re very involved in your life). Fortunately, oral health care with Invisalign is really simple.

Brush and Floss

One of the nicest features of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligner from your mouth, unlike traditional braces. That means when it’s time to brush and floss, you just take the aligner out and you perform your regular oral health routine. That means no excuses! You’ve got to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Obviously, not everyone does this. Those of you who aren’t in the habit, set a goal. You never floss? Try once a week – even once a month. You brush once a day? Try setting an alarm before bed to remind you to brush in the evening, or try waking up 5 minutes earlier. You’ve already taken a step to improve your oral health by getting Invisalign – might as well keep up the good habits!

Eating

You don’t want to eat or drink with the aligner in your mouth. Take it out before every meal –  when it’s out of your mouth, it’s a good opportunity to clean it. After dinner, rinse your aligner then brush it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush in order to keep it looking clear.

Discomfort

Experiencing discomfort is to be expected with any orthodontic system, Invisalign included. That said, there’s a temptation that exists with Invisalign that isn’t present with other orthodontics – the temptation to take it out and forget about it. You want to wear your aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day in order to get the best results; that means you have to resist the temptation to just remove the aligner. If you’re experiencing a lot of discomfort, talk to your dentist or orthodontist, otherwise, you’ll have to bear with it until your mouth adjusts. Don’t hesitate to use over-the-counter painkillers to help ease the discomfort.

Set a Routine

One of the most important things to do when you get an aligner is to create a consistent routine. That’s because your teeth are going to be changing during the process, and you want to be repeating the same activities so that the very gradual change doesn’t surprise you. Start flossing as soon as you get your aligner and you won’t suddenly find everything has changed when your teeth are properly aligned. 

Invisalign is a fantastic solution for many folks who are looking for orthodontics and caring for your teeth with the system is easy. Talk to us if you’re interested in an Invisalign treatment in Winnipeg!