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woman inserting Invisalign in Green Hills

If you have any degree of crooked teeth, chances are you have heard of Invisalign. This series of clear plastic aligner trays can straighten your teeth much more quickly and conveniently than traditional metal braces. However, you may be wondering whether Invisalign in Green Hills interferes with your daily life. Let’s explore the answer to that question in today’s blog post.

Will Invisalign Interrupt My Daily Life?

The great thing about Invisalign is that, unlike traditional braces, it fits right into your life without causing much disruption. You’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods. Simply remove your aligners before eating (and remember to brush your teeth before placing them back in afterward). You can keep brushing and flossing as you normally do, without any metal wires and brackets getting in the way. Because these brackets won’t break off, there will be fewer trips to the emergency dentist’s office.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?

You should be wearing your aligners for at least 20, if not 22, hours a day, so you hardly need to think about them, expect when you eat, drink (anything besides water), and clean your teeth. Every time you take your aligners out, it helps to rinse them in warm water. NEVER use hot water. That could warp the shape of the trays and compromise your treatment.

Also, you need to brush and floss before you put your aligners back in your mouth. Failure to do so could trap bits of food against your teeth, attracting harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Get in the habit of taking your toothpaste, brush, and floss with you wherever you go. It may be inconvenient, but so is getting cavities.

How Often Should I Go to the Dentist?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as that’s up to your cosmetic dentist in Green Hills. In general, you’ll want to see your dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning every six months. If you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment, however, you’ll likely have to schedule a checkup every six to eight weeks.

During these appointments, your dentist will give you your next few sets of aligner trays. They will also check to see whether your treatment is going as planned. If you haven’t been wearing your aligners as often as you should have been, your dentist will know!

As you can see, Invisalign shouldn’t interfere very much with your daily life, besides the increasing amount of brushing and flossing you’ll have to do. Of course, traditional braces would interrupt your day-to-day much more than that!

About the Author

Dr. Clayton Cummings earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. The Tennessee Dental Association, of which he is a proud member, has awarded him the Certificate of Recognition for the greatest number of continuing education hours, showing his dedication to learning the latest dentistry techniques. He is a certified Invisalign provider, so he can help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more, visit Dr. Cummings’ website.