Since its introduction in the late 1990s, Invisalign has helped millions of patients around the world discreetly address crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth. While the clear, virtually undetectable aligners are certainly a selling point, there is one other major benefit to consider: short treatment times. In fact, while traditional braces can take 24+ months to complete, Invisalign can do the same in 12! To avoid spending more time and money on Invisalign treatment, here are four tips for staying on track.
Tip #1: Use Invisalign Chewies
Invisalign’s clear aligners are incredibly effective at guiding your teeth into their new position – if they are worn properly! If yours aren’t “seated” correctly, they won’t exert the pressure needed to straighten your smile. To prevent that from happening, bite on some Invisalign chewies for a few minutes after placing your aligners in your mouth to ensure they are snug against your teeth.
Tip #2: Wear Your Aligners for 22 Hours a Day
Having entirely removable trays comes with a number of benefits, including no dietary restrictions and hassle-free oral care. However, neglecting to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day can quickly derail your treatment timeline. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you only take them out when you are eating or completing your dental hygiene routine.
Tip #3: Change Your Trays On Time (& In the Right Order!)
Simply put, moving to the next set of trays on your own won’t straighten your teeth any faster. In fact, not allowing the process to gradually happen can damage your teeth and gums, requiring additional restorative and cosmetic care. So, make sure to work through your trays as instructed and in the right order!
Tip #4: Care For Your Aligners Properly
One of the biggest mistakes patients make is rinsing off their aligners in scalding hot water. Repeated exposure can warp the trays, rendering them virtually useless. With this in mind, make sure to stick to lukewarm water and Invisalign-friendly cleaners. That way, you can keep your aligners in pristine condition.
If you have fallen off-track with your Invisalign treatment, don’t get discouraged. Instead, use the above tips and get in touch with your dental team for additional support!
About the Practice
Led by Dr. Bakhtyari, our team at Premier Dental Care is dedicated to providing the absolute best dentistry for our patients and their loved ones. To accomplish this, we are committed to ongoing training, focus on prevention, and go the extra mile to make every experience a positive one. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign or need help getting back on track with your treatment plan, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website or by phone at 703-860-8860.