All orthodontic treatments require commitment whether you opt for traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear orthodontic treatment. Here, our Langley Straight Smile dentists explain what kind of commitment you will need with Invisalign.
You’re making a major commitment to an orthodontic treatment when you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile.
Which is why it's important to take your treatment seriously and follow the instructions set out by your dentist exactly.
You will quickly see the benefits of Invisalign treatment if you stay committed to your treatment and are willing to make a few small adjustments to your daily routine.
Wearing Your Aligners Daily
Your total length of treatment with Invisalign will depend on your specific case, however you will be required to wear the clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours everyday.
Making Small Adjustments to Eating Habits
Because Invisalign's clear aligners are removable your diet won't need to be adjusted however, you may want to make some slight changes to your eating schedule. Eating three larger meals a day and skipping snacks as much as possible is generally recommended to avoid removing aligners for longer than necessary.
That's because you will need to remove your aligners for eating and drinking - even if you just have a small sip of tea or pop. Not removing your aligners will put you at risk of staining your aligners or developing tooth decay.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
There is no extra commitment for your actual brushing and flossing routine because Invisalign clear aligners are removable. Just remove your aligners, and clean your teeth as usual.
That said, Invisalign requires you to properly clean the aligners each time you remove them using a toothbrush and soft soap.
To remove any buildup and to keep your aligners sanitized you will also need to soak the aligners regularly.
Attending Regular Dental Checkups
Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you will need to visit your dentist regularly.
Dental checkups are necessary so your dentist can ensure that your treatment is on schedule.
Following After-Treatment Care
Once treatment is complete, regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you choose, you will need to wear a retainer. Your retainer will help to keep your teeth in their new positions.
Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on when you should wear your retainer and for how long.