Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments these days, because it’s a way to straighten your teeth that’s both discrete and effective. If you’ve been lucky enough choose invisalign as a treatment, you’ll likely find the straightening process fairly easy and without too many headaches. With that said, there are still do’s and don’ts you should know about with invisalign to keep your trays and teeth well-maintained.
What You Can Do With Invisalign
The great thing about invisalign is that you can continue to do most of your regular activities and sometimes even more than traditional braces due to the removable trays. That’s why you can still do the following:
- Eat any food – This includes eating even crunchy, crispy, and sticky foods that are usually considered bad for regular braces, because you can simply pop the trays out for meals. Always remember to brush your teeth afterwards before once again placing the trays back in your mouth.
- Brush and floss normally – You don’t have to use extra pieces to get in between spaces locked by wiring. Flossing can be done without fear of ruining wires, elastic, or irritating your gums.
- Sleep while keeping them in your mouth – There is no reason to remove them, and this will actually speed up the straightening process.
What You Can’t Do With Invisalign
- Eat or brush your teeth with them still in your mouth – You have to pop out the trays in order to do these daily activities.
- Neglect to clean them as per the routine your orthodontist discusses with you – Considering the trays encapsulate your teeth, it’s important to clean as much as possible to prevent bacteria build up.
- Cleaning them with cleaning solutions other than what your orthodontist prescribes – This can damage the trays and shift the way your teeth are intended to be straightened.
- Neglect changing them out with your next pair of trays at the scheduled time – You will not get the desired results without continuing to change the trays at your scheduled visit.
It’s not hard to clean invisalign trays, and there may be times they need to be cleaned more frequently than others. Any time you feel anything unusual or something goes wrong, you should contact the orthodontist immediately.