You’re interested in straightening your smile with Invisalign. It’s certainly are more discreet and comfortable than braces, which can poke you and come with several dietary restrictions. With Invisalign, all you have to do is wear your clear plastic aligners for at least 22 hours a day, and take them out and clean them whenever you eat, drink, brush, or floss. Sounds fairly simple, right? Let’s take a look at how you can survive your first week of Invisalign treatment.
1. POWER THROUGH THE SORENESS
Because the aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth, there will likely be some discomfort at first. The good news is that this soreness typically subsides after the first week or so as your teeth get used to the pressure created by the aligners. Throughout your treatment, you will receive a new set of aligners every couple of weeks. With each new set, there may be some slight discomfort, but it won’t be as bad as the first week. Once the first few days of Invisalign are done, you’ve made it through the worst of it.
2. GET USED TO HAVING A BIT OF A LISP AT FIRST
It will take some time for your mouth to adjust to the way the aligners feel. They may affect your speech a little bit. The most common way they do that is by creating a slight lisp. This is completely normal and will fade away after a few days, once your teeth grow accustomed to the aligners.
3. REMOVE AND INSERT YOUR ALIGNERS PROPERLY
You’ll need to take out your aligners every time you eat, drink anything besides water, brush, and floss. It can be a bit challenging to insert and remove them at first before it becomes routine. In the beginning, follow these steps to put in your aligners:
- Push the tray over the front part of your teeth.
- Apply equal pressure with your fingertips and push on the back part of the trays.
- Never bite your aligners into place.
To take out your aligners, do this:
- Start on one side of your mouth.
- Pull the tray away from your molar slowly with your finger.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Once the tray is no longer attached to the molars, gently remove it.
4. CLEAN YOUR ALIGNERS
Cleaning your aligners is important so that they stay clear and can subtly straighten your teeth. In addition, they should stay clean to prevent bits of food and bacteria from building up and causing tooth decay or gum disease.
Every time you take out your aligners to brush and floss your teeth, take a moment to gently brush your aligners with your toothbrush and rinse them out with lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water, because that could warp the plastic and compromise your treatment. After you spend the first few days building the habit of cleaning your aligners, it will simply become another part of your oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign is a great way to straighten your smile without many people noticing. Be sure to follow the tips listed above, as well as any additional instructions your dentist gives you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Texas native, Dr. Hector Tijerina attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and then received his doctorate at Baylor College of Dentistry. He loves being able to get to know his patients on a personal level to provide the most customized treatment plan possible. He is certified in Invisalign to help you achieve the straight smile you deserve without the awkwardness of braces. To learn more click here or call (512) 213-6778.