If you are reading this, then congratulations! You just took or are thinking about taking the big step toward getting that beautiful, radiant smile you’ve been wanting. At this point, you may have a general understanding of what Invisalign is and how it works. It is all very straightforward, right? Wear your trays and remove them to eat! Well, believe it or not, there are some do’s and don’ts that people may not know with Invisalign.
It is essential to establish a consistent and healthy routine, so that you can maintain good oral hygiene throughout your Invisalign process. There are a few of the common Invisalign steps we want you to remember to keep yourself on track. The first obvious step is to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day. If your aligners are not worn properly, your Invisalign journey can take more time. Also, remember that you have to keep your teeth and aligners clean after eating. Now let’s jump into how to survive your first week!
Manage Pain and Discomfort
Though Invisalign is not metal brackets and wires, the aligners themselves still have to move your teeth, which will lead to pain. The pain will be present in teeth and your jaw. Knowing that it is going to be somewhat painful will help you cope. Of course, you can take over the counter medications to help with pain and discomfort, but you can also practice chewing exercises or use on styrofoam chewies to help ease the pain.
The act of chewing helps to stimulate blood flow to your mouth. Blood flow acts as a natural pain reliever, which can be a natural way to help ease your discomfort. Styrofoam chewies are a great way to get that chewing motion in, but they can be awkward to chew on while in public.
Protect Your Mouth
Freshly made plastic aligners can potentially have sharp or jagged edges. It is common to get irritation or sores in the mouth with fresh aligners. Eventually, throughout the journey, your mouth will toughen up. In the meantime, you can use dental wax to help aid those problem areas that bother you, or you can have your orthodontist file the trays down so that they are more comfortable. It is also a good idea to use a peroxide-based mouthwash. This type of mouthwash is formulated to help heal minor irritations and provide pain relief for your teeth and gums.
Track Your Wear Time
It will feel awkward trying to adjust your Invisalign to your lifestyle. Remember you have to wear the trays 22 hours a day, but they still have to be removed every time you have to eat. Your three meals a day should not exceed over two hours, but people can be forgetful while adjusting. It can be beneficial to take your Invisalign with you when you eat, so that way, they are on hand, and you are less likely to forget to put them back in. If remembering to put them back in is tricky for you at first, there are apps available that help with reminders for you.
Practice Proper Cleaning
By now, you should know how to care for your teeth properly. However, you may not fully understand how to properly clean your trays. The first most common mistake patients make is that they use one toothbrush to clean both their trays and their teeth. Aligners need a soft-bristled brush that won’t be too abrasive or damaging. Also, using two toothbrushes minimizes the risk of staining your aligners with leftover teeth whitening toothpaste.
When cleaning your trays, you should not use teeth whitening toothpaste. That toothpaste can leave a film on your aligners and make them appear cloudy and dull. You can still use teeth whitening toothpaste for your teeth though! Also, it is a good idea to soak your trays in a clear aligner soaking solution. This solution helps to thoroughly clean your aligners.
Make a Travel Kit
You are always going to be on the go; it is important to have a kit ready so that way you can maintain your Invisalign care everywhere you go. The first essential item to get is a travel case for your aligners,. This case allows you to take your aligners everywhere you go and safety store them when they are not in use. The next step is to create a small travel kit to take with you while you are out and about. This travel kit should consist of a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and your aligner case.
Surviving your first week with Invisalign can be an easy task. Remember to establish a personal routine that you can maintain. These tips and tricks we listed for you are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle and also can help you to have a smoother transition to your teeth correction process. Cleanliness during your Invisalign journey is important for your oral health. If you have questions regarding your oral hygiene practices, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. If you are ready to schedule your next appointment, you can visit our Newpark Orthodontics website. We look forward to seeing you!