Invisalign Tips: Learn the Best Hacks
Do you have Invisalign and want to get the most out of your investment? Are you considering getting clear aligners and want to know more about what is involved? Are you wondering if you should take your Invisalign trays out when drinking coffee? If so, we have several Invisalign tips for you and would love to help!
Always keep your clear aligner trays in your mouth while drinking beverages. This even includes coffee. Don’t worry about coffee getting in between the trays and your teeth and causing staining. The risk of it staining your teeth is minimal and it’s better to keep the trays in than take them out and have less tray time. And when you’re finished drinking sugary beverages or coffee, take your trays out and rinse them with water
What if You Forget to Wear Your Trays?
Did you forget to bring your Invisalign trays on vacation? Did you forget to wear them overnight because you were so excited to visit the dentist the upcoming day? Don’t worry, it happens to all of us and this is the Invisalign tip we’re asked about the most. The good news is if you forget to wear a tray for a few days, it’s not the end of the world. In this case simply wait an extra day or two before changing out to the next set of trays.
Best Time of Day to Wwitch to the Next Set of Trays
New trays are typically very tight which can cause discomfort. Therefore, your best bet is to change to the next set of trays at night so you can sleep through the worst of the soreness. By morning your mouth should be feeling much better.
Cleaning Clear Aligners
It’s a good idea to brush trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste once a day. Of course, you won’t be able to remove all particles and odor by brushing along. Therefore, it’s a good idea to soak in diluted clear mouthwash or denture cleaner once a week or so (or as needed). This will freshen up the Invisalgn and remove any bad taste or odor.
How to Avoid the lisp with Invisalign
When first starting Invisalign slow down your speech and speak slower. This will help you avoid a lisp. With this tip, Buddy Hinton won’t give you a hard time.
Don’t be Too Quick to Throw Trays in the Trash
When you switch to a new set of trays keep the old set just in case the new set gets lost. With this tip you’ll be able to go back to your last set of trays if your current set ever gets lost. This means while you wait for replacements no (or little) progress will be lost.
Final Invisalign Tip: When to remove trays
Finally, when should you remove your trays. Obviously you will need to remove your trays when you eat and clean them. However, one thing that often goes overlooked is when contact sports are played. Although clear aligner trays can double as a mouth guard for grinding teeth, they don’t offer the same level of protection as an athletic mouth guard. Therefore, if you play contact sports it’s a good idea to switch out to an athletic mouth guard while playing sports rather than having the Invisalign trays in your mouth.
Follow Doctors Orders
When you get Invisalign, Dr. Hedrick will provide you with detailed instructions. It’s very important to follow these in order to achieve the best results. By following the instructions you will have the greatest chance to not only finish on schedule, but have the best results possible. If you have any questions or would like additional Invisalign hacks please feel free to ask Dr. Hedrick and she will be glad to help.