Orthodontic treatments are a commitment, whether you opt for traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear braces. Here, our Surrey dentists explain what kind of responsibility you can expect with Invisalign.
You’re making a major commitment to an orthodontic treatment when you choose Invisalign treatment.
That's why it's important to take your treatment seriously and follow the instructions set out by your dentist.
By remaining committed to your treatment and being willing to make some small adjustments to your daily life, you will see the benefits of Invisalign.
Wearing Your Aligners Daily
Your total length of Invisalign orthodontic treatment will depend on your specific case, but you can expect to wear the clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day.
Making Small Adjustments to Eating Habits
Invisalign won't affect what you eat but you may want to make some adjustments to your eating schedule. It is recommended to eat three meals a day and pass on the snacks.
That's because you will be required to remove your aligners for eating and drinking - even if you just have a small sip of coffee or soda. By not following these instructions you risk staining your aligners or developing cavities.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, there's no extra commitment for your actual brushing and flossing routine. All you have to do is remove your aligners, and clean your teeth as usual.
It's important to note however that Invisalign requires you to properly clean the aligners each time you remove them. This is done using a soft soap and toothbrush.
You'll also need to soak the aligners regularly to remove any buildup and to keep them sanitized.
Attending Regular Dental Checkups
You will be required to attend regular dental appointments throughout your Invisalign treatment.
Checkups are necessary so your dentist can ensure that your treatment is on the right track.
Following After-Treatment Care
No matter what orthodontics you get, you still need to wear a retainer once treatment is complete. Retainers help your teeth to stay in their new positions.
Be sure to follow whatever instructions your dentist gives you about when and how long to wear your retainer.