When you have crooked teeth it can impact your confidence. In severe cases, it can also impact your overall oral health. Here, our dentists in Fort St. John share some advice and tips for sticking with your orthodontic treatment using Invisalign clear aligners.
How You Can Stay on Track With Invisalign
Starting orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners can be a little overwhelming in the beginning as you will need to get used to wearing these aligners for 22 hours each day. You will likely need some time to adjust to this.
By being committed to your treatment you can help ensure a successful treatment. Just like any other good habit, you'll need time to adjust to the new changes in your daily routine. You must wear your aligners the majority of the time to see the expected results as treatment progresses. Each aligner should be worn for at least two weeks. by the time you reach this point you should be used to wearing your aligners and the strange feeling will be a thing of the past.
To have the most success with your treatment, you will need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners for at least 22 hours every day. You should only take them out when necessary, such as when you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. You should notice the benefits of your diligent compliance with your Invisalign treatment plan when you switch to new aligners and they fit comfortably on your teeth.
Get in the habit of soaking your clear aligners while you eat your meal.
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that you can remove them while eating and drinking. You'll also need to make sure that you clean your teeth and rinse your aligners before putting them back in. Why not make the most of the time you don't have them in your mouth by soaking them in a cleaning solution while you eat?
Soak them for a few minutes in a denture cleaner, diluted mouthwash, or the special Invisalign cleaning solution. This should be done at least a few times each week.
Stick to using a timer while you have your Invisalign clear aligners out.
Habits take time to build and stick to. If this is an issue for you then you could try using a timer for the first little while. If you do not wear your Invisalign clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day it could hinder your progress toward your treatment goals.
Setting a timer can help you remember until the habit becomes ingrained, which can be difficult in the first few weeks.
Get used to speaking with Invisalign clear aligners.
Many people find that speaking is one of the most difficult parts of adjusting to Invisalign clear aligners. This is to be expected. Your speech should return to normal after you've adjusted, but in the meantime, keep talking – read a book out loud, call up friends and family, or just hold a conversation with yourself.
Helping You Show Off Your Smile
While our dentists don't offer orthodontic treatment, we have a variety of other cosmetic services that can help to transform your smile like veneers, teeth whitening, and cosmetic bonding.
At Fort St. John Dental Clinic, we believe everyone deserves to smile with confidence. We can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted with comprehensive cosmetic dental service options.