The Best Results with Invisalign: Dos and Don’ts for Success

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — wdcchicago @ 2:01 pm
Woman smiling as she's about to use Invisalign for the first time

Invisalign treatment offers a convenient and discreet way to straighten your teeth and achieve a beautiful smile. However, like any orthodontic treatment, it requires careful attention and sticking to the guidelines for the best results. If you want to achieve a winning smile through Invisalign, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

The “Dos” of Invisalign Treatment

Here are some important things to do while undergoing Invisalign treatment:

Wear Your Aligners Consistently

One of the most important aspects of Invisalign treatment is wearing your aligners for the right amount of time. Typically, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking (except for water), brushing, and flossing.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is so important during Invisalign treatment. Brush your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back in. This will prevent food particles from getting trapped and causing plaque buildup. Also, don’t forget to floss daily to keep your gums healthy.

Store Your Aligners Properly

When not wearing your aligners, store them in their designated case to prevent loss or damage. Doing this will make them easier to spot and keep track of. Otherwise, you may accidentally throw them away or lose them.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

While you can remove your aligners to eat whatever you want during treatment, try to stick to a healthy diet to support your oral health and prevent cavities. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks that can erode tooth enamel and increase the risk of dental issues.

The “Don’t” For Treatment with Invisalign

Likewise, here are some things to avoid while you’re trying to achieve a straighter smile with Invisalign:

Don’t Stop Wearing Your Aligners

If you stop wearing your aligners as directed, it can prolong your treatment and negatively affect the outcome. Consistency is key to achieving your dream smile when you’re supposed to.

Don’t Skip Cleaning Your Aligners

Just as you brush your teeth, you should also clean your aligners daily to prevent bacteria buildup and odors. Use a soft toothbrush and clear, antibacterial soap to gently clean your aligners. For a more thorough cleaning, you can use the cleansing crystals that come with your kit.

Don’t Expose Your Aligners to Heat

Avoid using hot water to clean your aligners or leaving them in an area with direct sunlight or heat such as your car dashboard. Heat can warp your aligners so they no longer fit. Then you’ll have to go to your dentist to have the set replaced, which could take your treatment off track.

By following these dos and don’ts, you can easily navigate your Invisalign treatment with confidence and achieve the smile of your dreams. Remember to communicate openly with your dentist if you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment. They’ll be more than happy to offer guidance.

About the Author

Are you ready for a straight smile through Invisalign? Dr. Peter Hammes has the technology and the experience to make that goal a reality. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago before beginning his military career in the US Navy. He continued to practice dentistry while enlisted, eventually becoming the head of the dental department aboard the USS GERMANTOWN. Now, he uses his skills to help his patients smile their best. Call (312) 624-8070 to schedule an Invisalign consultation at Washington Dental Care Advanced Dental Center, or visit the website to learn more.