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Tips to Successfully Straighten Teeth with Broomfield Invisalign


October 10, 2018

Invisalign is a popular choice among Americans looking to strengthen their teeth. During the year or so it takes when wearing this form of orthodontic correction, it is important to follow all instructions for success. The benefit of Broomfield Invisalign is how low maintenance it is. With proper care, you will achieve success and be pleased with your results. From wearing your aligners for the appropriate amount of time to care tips, use these care guidelines to ensure you are happy with the results of your Invisalign treatment. 

Wear Aligners for 20-22 Hours Each Day


Invisalign aligners are the key to your orthodontic success. However, in order to be successful, you must wear them for the recommended timeframe of 20 to 22 hours each day. It happens through force, which is why you need to wear them as much as possible. They can be removed to eat, drink, and care for your teeth.  This means you need to pay attention to how long you consume food and beverage to ensure you get your aligners back in. If you have trouble remembering, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to put your aligners back in. 

Follow Instructions


In the grand scheme of dental care, Invisalign works in a short amount of time. After roughly a year, you will have the straight teeth you have always wanted. That being said, it is important to remind yourself of the end goal throughout your Invisalign treatment. Take your orthodontist’s instructions seriously to ensure you have success with your Invisalign. Some of the best practices when using Invisalign include: 
  • Take your aligners out to eat or drink (except for water) to avoid damaging them
  • Clean the aligners regularly
  • Brush and floss often, ideally after each meal if possible
  • When possible, avoid food and beverage that can easily stain
  • Do not drink beverages that are too hot as they can damage the aligners
  • Avoid drinking sugary drinks
  • Do not chew gum with aligners in place

If you have trouble with anything during your time with Invisalign, talk to your orthodontist. They can provide you with tips and tricks for Thornton Invisalign patients that lead to success. 

Practice Speaking


When you first wear your Invisalign aligners, it will feel different. For some patients, it can impact speech. It is simply a learning curve for you to adjust to—especially words using the letter C, D, S, and T. With practice, you will adjust in no time. Once getting your Invisalign aligners, practice! Take some time to read aloud, focusing on words you struggle on to get used to saying them with the aligners in place. It is simply the adjustment in your mouth that will take some time. Don’t worry, you will adjust. Do not let this hinder you from keeping your aligners in 20 to 22 hours each day. You can speak with your orthodontist on tips and tricks to help you adjust, as well. 
 

Clean Aligners Regularly


Keeping your aligners clean is just as important as your own teeth. When choosing Invisalign, build in some time during your day to caring for them. Your orthodontist will provide you with a full care routine to keep yours clean. One of the most popular ways is to soak your aligners in a denture cleaner each day. This is a great way to remove bacteria and plaque the builds up during the time you wear your aligners. Keep in mind you will need to build time into your day to stay in your 20 to 22-hour window. For others, they brush their aligners to help keep them clean. In addition, be sure to rinse out your aligners throughout the day. Avoid using hot water as it can warp them. 

Toothbrushing Techniques


Keeping your teeth in premier shape both during and after your Invisalign treatment is key. One of the best ways to ensure you are taking great care of your teeth is with an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is one of the best tools to eliminate plaque. The spin motion will eliminate problematic issues, keeping your teeth in great shape. But that’s not all, electric toothbrushes are ideal for your gums, too. With gum disease on the rise, an electric toothbrush will strengthen your gums and remove bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Wondering which to use? Try one of the six best toothbrushes for receding gums, according to a dentist. 

Flossing Regiment


When it comes to regular dental care, flossing is often the last on a person’s priority list. However, it is just as important as brushing. Plaque and tartar build within gums, which can lead to gingivitis, gum disease, bad breath, and other problems. If you currently do not make flossing a priority, it’s a great time to start! When using traditional floss, pull out enough and wrap both ends on your middle fingers. Take the floss in between each of the teeth, gently up and down the tooth and against the gums. Traditional floss is one of the best ways to ensure your gums are in great shape. Avoid using a water flosser in replacement of actually flossing. There are benefits, but it does not get in between each tooth the way floss can. 

Keep Up with Orthodontist Appointments


A great benefit of Invisalign is the need to visit your orthodontist as often as you would with traditional braces. Your orthodontist will set up a schedule, which may have you visiting them around every six weeks. It is important to keep up with your appointments, so your orthodontist can be sure you are advancing on schedule. Your appointments are also your time to ask questions and ensure you are taking the proper measures during your time with Invisalign. 

Are you considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth? Prentice Orthodontics will is your local practice to help you get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. From teens to adults, we specialize in all areas, allowing you to trust in our work. We have a variety of affordable options, making your dream a reality. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 303-468-7722.