Patients who need orthodontic treatment often choose Invisalign in Mankato because it is discreet and convenient. It is ideal for many adults who want to enjoy straighter, healthier teeth without dealing with the hassle and discomfort that come with traditional metal braces. However, to get the most out of Invisalign and make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible, it is important that you follow a few simple guidelines.
Start With a New Aligner at Night
Each Invisalign aligner moves your teeth a bit closer to where they need to be, and sometimes your teeth may be tender for a short period of time, especially when you switch to a new aligner. You can avoid some of the discomfort by starting to wear your new aligner at night so you can sleep through part of the adjustment period.
Your aligner should not cause discomfort to your gums or mouth tissues. If it does, be sure to call your dentist so it can be adjusted.
Stick to Drinking Plain Water
One of the best things about Invisalign is that since the aligners are removable, they allow you to eat and drink just about anything. It is always best to avoid sugary drinks like soda and sports beverages, even if you don’t wear aligners. If you do, however, know that NOT cleaning your mouth prior to placing your aligner back in will allow the sugar and acids present to collect in your aligner. Your aligner can then become a breeding ground for bacteria.
It is also important to note that you should never drink sugary, colored, or hot beverages while your aligner is in your mouth. These may stain or warp Invisalign. Stick to drinking plain water or sugar-free, uncolored sparkling water while you are wearing your aligner.
Keep Invisalign and Your Mouth Clean
Dental hygiene is important 100 percent of the time, but it is especially so during your Invisalign treatment. To keep your mouth and your aligners clean, please be sure to:
- Carry a small toothbrush, toothpaste, and some floss with you so you can clean your mouth after each meal before you put your aligner back in.
- Always carry a case for your aligner to protect it when you are not wearing it.
- Rinse your aligner before you put it back in your mouth. You can also use a clear, antibacterial soap to clean it.
- Closely follow any other instructions that your dentist may give you about how to keep your aligners and your teeth in good shape during your treatment
Invisalign is a wonderful, convenient way to get the straight teeth you have always wanted. Using the above tips, you can make sure that you have a positive relationship with your aligners throughout your treatment process.
About the Dentist
Dr. James Kalina is a general dentist who enjoys helping his patients achieve healthy, attractive smiles. He is a certified Invisalign provider and would be happy to talk to you about this remarkable orthodontic treatment. To ask questions or schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 507-625-2021.