You can maximize the benefit of your Invisalign treatment by taking care of the aligners and using them correctly. Like braces, they only work if you can keep them doing their job. For people with braces, this is relatively simple, just clean them and visit the orthodontist for adjustments regularly. It can be more difficult to maintain progress for Invisalign users who have to worry about causing damage to their aligners from food residue or contact with heat. Here are some tips to keep your Invisalign treatment running smoothly.
Avoid hot drinks like coffee and tea while you’re wearing your aligners. Heat can warp the aligners, effectively making them useless. In addition, coffee and some light-coloured beverages can stain the aligners.
Brush your teeth after eating to avoid potential staining or scratching of the aligners. Also avoid smoking, since cigarettes contain a variety of substances that will stain the trays. Some common culprits responsible for staining include pasta sauce, blueberries, and sports drinks.
If you have a problem with excessive salivation at night from the aligners, lay on your back and try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. If you have difficulty sleeping for more than two weeks, talk to your orthodontist.
Dundas & Main Dentistry offers a free consultation for Cambridge residents that can help you decide if Invisalign is your best treatment choice. We have financing options available and can answer your questions 7 days a week.