In Birmingham, Invisalign is one of the orthodontic treatment alternatives available to patients who do not wish to go the route of traditional wire-and-bracket braces. By wearing a set of customised plastic trays over your teeth, you gently nudge your teeth into position over the course of several months to a few years.
While Invisalign is more comfortable than metal braces, it is still an orthodontic contraption you wear over your teeth to correct an alignment issue. If you want to get the best results and speed up your treatment, here are some things you must do.
Carry a toothbrush everywhere
This is not always convenient, but you will need to brush your teeth every single time you eat something before putting your Invisalign back on. Whatever food particles are left over after eating will stay in your mouth for the next several hours, causing plaque, decay, and bad breath.
Clean your aligners regularly
Based on the same logic as above, you do not want your teeth to sit in a tray full of bacteria. Do not use toothpaste to clean the trays, as these can be too abrasive. Use an anti-bacterial soft soap and a soft-bristled brush to clean the trays, and soak them in water with the official Invisalign cleaner.
Wear them as much as you can
Dentists recommend that you wear your Invisalign at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This gives you two to four hours for everything else, including eating, cleaning your teeth, and cleaning your trays.
Some patients opt for accessories, which are small, button-like devices attached to the front of the teeth so that the tray clicks exactly into place. Attachments can speed up treatment, and they are practically unnoticeable when you remove your trays.
When all else has been said and done and you have finished your treatment with Invisalign trays, do not neglect your retainer. Your retainer helps keep your teeth in place as the jawbone adjusts to the new position of your teeth.
By wearing your retainer, you can ensure your newly aligned teeth will not move out of place.