Invisalign in Houston is a great type of orthodontic treatment that can help patients get a straight smile and healthy bite.
But what makes Invisalign truly popular is how discreet it is. The clear aligners slowly reposition your teeth and are essentially invisible to the people around you. And compared to traditional metal braces, maintenance is much simpler.
However, when it comes to Invisalign, patient compliance can make or break the success of the treatment. To prevent any unwanted situations, check out the top things to avoid during your Invisalign treatment.
Not Wearing Them Enough
If you want to get great results with Invisalign, you will need to wear them every single day for around 20-22 hours. Yes, you will have to sleep with your clear aligners on.
The only reasons to take out the aligners are if you are eating, drinking something other than water, or need to brush your teeth. The rest of the time, the aligners must stay on to provide enough pressure on your teeth.
Eating with Your Aligners on
Foods and beverages can stain the clear aligners and affect how your smile looks throughout your treatment. The act of chewing may also apply too much pressure on the aligners and change their shape needlessly. You can only drink water with your aligners.
Scratching Your Aligners
Invisalign aligners need to be cleaned every day with gentle clear soap and a thorough scrub. However, you should avoid brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled brush, as that can scratch your aligners.
And when they’re scratched, it’s much harder to effectively remove all the food and bacteria that could get trapped in them, which will expose your teeth to higher risks of decay or gum disease.
Changing Their Shape
Invisalign is made from a special type of clear plastic. While the technology is revolutionary in orthodontics, it can still change its shape if you expose it to heat.
When you’re cleaning your aligners, be sure to use cold water only. Once the aligners change their shape, you will not be able to put them back in and will likely need a new set.
Leaving Them out of the Case
The aligners have a special case where you can store them while you eat or brush your teeth. Don’t leave your aligners lying around, as you may be exposing your teeth to a lot of bacteria when you put them back in.
And even in their case, it’s a good idea to rinse them before putting them back!
Find out If Invisalign Is Right for You
Houston dentists Dr. Bianca Williams & Dr. John Ma can help you get a straight and healthy smile with Invisalign.
Find out if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners by scheduling a visit to EaDo Family Dental online.
For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at (713) 474-2334 today.