Even though Invisalign’s history doesn’t go stretch back hundreds of years, it’s already considered by many to be one of the greatest developments in dentistry.
These are invisible custom aligners that function like braces but don’t come with the ugly metallic look. But you might be asking – what’s life like when I’m on Invisalign treatment?
In fact, there are numerous common questions that patients have about Invisalign during treatment:
- How do I clean my trays?
- How often should I clean them?
- Can I drink liquids with my trays on?
- What liquids can I not drink with my trays on?
The questions go on and on.
In this blog post, we’ll dig into the answers to these questions and much more. We want to convey to you what life is like during Invisalign treatment.
Before we get started, let’s just give a brief explanation of what Invisalign is. Invisalign trays are clear custom aligners that comfortably fit on the exterior of your teeth.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. The reason it’s come to fruition is because adults and teens have long desired a fix to their dental imperfections without the need for braces.
Braces are renowned for making teens feel embarrassed. For those in the older generation, braces are an unpopular choice so the option to use Invisalign has been critical.
The marketplace has come a long way in providing a strong alternative to traditional braces, and Invisalign has already branched out to include more options like Invisalign Express that cater to people’s specific orthodontic needs.
The Basics of Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays
Taking care of Invisalign clear aligners is very simple. Every time you brush your teeth, you can brush your aligners as well. They can also be soaked and cleaned in a denture cleaner while you are busy eating.
The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign cleaning kit. As a secondary method, however, your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.
You should always wear your aligners at night.
Many patients believe that nighttime is a time to rest their teeth, but in fact, you can reverse your teeth’s progress from treatment by removing the device during the night.
Instead, using the right instructions, properly clean your teeth at the end of the day and in between meals, and slip a clean Invisalign guard over your teeth when it comes time to catch some sleep.
Eating and Drinking
Due to to the removable nature though, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment, which is a big plus when compared to braces. However, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink.
Chewing your food would be extremely difficult with the trays in. Removing the trays allows you to eat and drink comfortably, without the device getting in your way.
So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless instructed differently by your Dental professional.
Playing Sports and Activities with Invisalign
Athletes have enough to worry about – injuries, accidents and performance. Why allow your body to take more pain?
Traditional braces can provide some discomfort to people wearing them while playing sports. With the potential for sharp brackets coming down and cutting your mouth, Invisalign provides you with the opportunity to play without ongoing pain.
Irritation and Similar Issues
While Invisalign offers a lot of comfort, some patients experience trouble with their trays, as irritation to the cheeks, lips, and tongue can occur. If you find this occurring and it’s affecting your life in a negative manner, let your dentist know. Your dentist can adjust the aligners or make changes to your treatment to minimize irritation.
Take Action Now and Consider Invisalign at LA Dental Clinic
We’ve been providing Invisalign as an orthodontic solution for years. It’s the only real alternative to traditional metal braces and now is the time to consider it.
Book a complimentary consultation now and let’s discuss your options!