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a woman with Invisalign braces

Do you know what it takes to achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile? If your answer is, “Yes, it’s braces,” you’re partially correct. While braces can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, it is your commitment to caring for your teeth and abiding by your dentist’s rules that can determine the success of your treatment. If you want to make sure your Invisalign in Green Hills is a success, follow these rules.  

Listen to Your Dentist

When your dentist is explaining how to wear your aligners and how often, make sure you’re listening. To achieve the best results, you should wear them 20 to 22 hours each day, so don’t think you can remove them for several hours and your dentist won’t notice. The professionals know what it takes to achieve a straighter smile, especially in the timeline you’re given. Since Invisalign is meant to last only 12-18 months, improper wear can delay your treatment. So, it’s important to listen and communicate with your dentist if you’re experiencing any problems or issues.

Attend Your Appointments

If you’re wearing Invisalign, you should be grateful you won’t need to visit the dentist as often as you would with traditional braces. Typically, you’ll need to visit your cosmetic dentist in Green Hills every six weeks to make sure you’re progressing well. This is a time when you will receive any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, so it’s crucial you don’t miss these appointments if you want to stay on track.

Clean Your Aligners

Regular cleanings will help prevent bacteria from forming on your aligners. You can use special Invisalign cleaners to soak your trays but using a denture cleaner can be just as good. Forgetting to clean your trays regularly can cause them to become stained or discolored, and you can expect bacteria to build. If placed in your mouth before a proper cleaning, the bacteria will move to your teeth, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and even bad breath.

Drinks Lots of Water

Not only will water help keep you hydrated, which is good for your overall health, but when wearing your aligners, it’s important to avoid any colored beverages because they can stain the plastic. Plus, drinking hot beverages with your aligners in could cause the plastic to warp. A good thing to remember is if you eat or drink anything, simply remove them.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

While your aligners are soaking, or once you’ve cleaned and rinsed them, make sure you are continuing to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing are important steps to maintaining a healthy mouth. In addition, make sure to clean your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth to prevent any bacteria from forming.

Things to Avoid

While wearing Invisalign, your dentist will probably suggest you avoid certain things if you want your treatment to be a success. These may include:

  • Smoking because it can discolor and stain your aligners.
  • Eating or drinking with your aligners in. If you do drink while wearing Invisalign, make sure it is just water. Colored beverages can stain them.
  • Leaving them out. Make sure when you’re not wearing them to place them inside your case to prevent breakage.
  • Avoid cleaning with toothpaste. Surprisingly, toothpaste can dull your aligners, making them more noticeable to those around you. If you want to keep your treatment a secret, skip the toothpaste and opt for a denture or Invisalign cleaner.

You’ve invested in your smile by choosing Invisalign, so don’t sabotage your efforts by refusing to keep your aligners clean and healthy throughout the duration of your treatment.

About the Practice
At Advanced Dental Health Center, you are treated like family. Our dentists and staff will provide you with the utmost respect, ensuring you receive intelligent, honest dental advice and quality care. From cleanings to smile makeovers, we offer comprehensive services to our patients. To learn more about our services, contact us at (615) 460-0123.