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Tips and Tricks for Thornton Invisalign Patients


September 20, 2017

Many patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces so they don’t have to live with a mouth full of metal in order to straighten their teeth. Invisalign braces don’t just look better, they are also more comfortable and convenient to wear. Are you thinking of straightening your teeth with Invisalign? To get the most out of your treatment, Thornton Invisalign patients should follow these tips and tricks:   

Practice Talking

Invisalign plastic aligners are very thin, however in the beginning of your treatment, the aligners may slightly affect your speech. This is no reason to panic—you just have to get used to having the aligners in your mouth. If you don’t want anyone to notice that you’re wearing Invisalign, practice talking before going out in public. Walk around your home wearing the aligners and talking out loud to yourself. At first, you may notice a slight lisp when you speak, but the more you talk, the less obvious it will become and eventually, it will completely vanish.

Carry A Case

You will need to remove your aligners before eating, so carry a case with you so you have a safe place to put them when you take them out. Patients who don’t carry a case end up putting their aligners on a napkin or table while they eat. But, this can lead to problems. It’s easy to forget your aligner or throw it in the trash if it’s sitting on a napkin. Putting it on the table is unsanitary, so you may end up transferring bacteria from the table into your mouth. To avoid these problems, always carry a case when there is a possibility that you will need to remove your aligners.

File the Edges

These plastic aligners are much more comfortable than metal braces, but they still may rub against the inside of your cheeks during the early stages of treatment. You should be as comfortable as possible during treatment, so don’t put up with this pain. Take your aligners out and look for any rough spots or sharp edges that could be rubbing against your cheeks. If you see any, use a nail file to smooth these areas out and prevent pain.  

Prevent Stains

Certain drinks such as coffee, wine, and soda can stain your aligners. But, this doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite beverages until you’re done wearing aligners. To prevent stains,  simply remove the aligners as you would before you eat. Brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in if possible. If you do happen to stain your aligners, don’t panic. Most stains can easily be removed with a special solution designed for this purpose. Learn the three easy ways to remove stains from Invisalign trays.

Buy A Removal Tool

You will need to remove your aligners several times a day in order to eat and drink certain liquids. Removing Invisalign trays isn’t difficult, but it takes practice. To make it easier, ask your orthodontist about removal tools. If he doesn’t sell any in his office, visit Amazon to find cheap removal tools that can be used to quickly take your aligners out. Not only does this make it easier to remove the aligners, but it also prevents you from having to shove your hand in your mouth in public.  

Hold Onto Old Sets

During treatment, patients will wear one set of aligners for a few weeks before switching to a new, slightly adjusted set. Every time you switch to a new set, ask your orthodontist if you can hold onto the old set. If you accidentally lose or damage the new set of aligners, simply put in the old set until your orthodontist is able to make you a replacement. Even though the old set will be slightly different, it’s better to wear this set than wear nothing at all.

But, having two practically identical sets at home could lead to confusion if you forget which is which. Make sure that you clearly mark the outside of the two cases with “NEW” and “OLD” so you don’t accidentally wear the wrong set.

Take Pictures

Take photos of your smile on a weekly basis so you can track your progress. Even if your orthodontist takes photos whenever you come to his office, it’s best if you take your own that you can access at any time. If you ever get frustrated with having to wear Invisalign, take a look at these photos to remind yourself how far you’ve come. Seeing the progress that you’ve made will motivate you to continue to wear Invisalign so you can reach your goal of having a perfect smile.

Clean the Trays

Don’t forget to clean your aligners on a regular basis. Aligners can be cleaned with a standard soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, so there’s no need to buy special brushes or cleaning solutions. If you don’t keep your aligners clean, the bacteria trapped inside your Invisalign tray could stick to your teeth and cause tooth decay. You’re putting so much effort into getting a perfect smile, so don’t ruin it with a mouth full of cavities!

Retainer Rules

After the Invisalign treatment is over, most patients will need to wear a retainer for several months. Some patients don’t understand the importance of wearing a retainer, so they don’t follow their orthodontist’s instructions. Don’t make this mistake. Not wearing the retainer could cause you to lose some of the progress that you made by wearing Invisalign.

Ask Questions

The final rule: don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your orthodontist will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have about your aligners. If something doesn’t look or feel right, don’t hesitate to give your orthodontist a call.

Are you interested in perfecting your smile with Invisalign? If so, talk to the experts. At Prentice Orthodontics, our goal is to serve your needs, improve your health, and make you smile! We have a highly trained and friendly staff that is eager to welcome you into our offices and assist you with your dental needs. Call 303-468-7722 for a free consultation or contact us using the form on our website today!