We all know that Invisalign can make you feel better about your smile, and your life. You’ll enjoy life more, and you’ll experience significant health benefits. But it does require certain sacrifices. Not as many as traditional orthodontics, but still significant. Here are some tips to help you minimize inconveniences and annoyances that can make your Invisalign experience less pleasant.
Some people develop a lisp or other minor speech difficulties when they wear their Invisalign aligners. Not everyone gets a speech problem, and the truth is that most people probably don’t notice it to the extent that you do.
But if a speech problems bothers you, take time to practice speaking. You can speak to yourself in the mirror, or read aloud. The more time you practice, the less pronounced your speech difficulties will be.
Buff Edges of Aligners
The precisely shaped aligner trays in Invisalign are cut sharply. This is great for ensuring they are the right size and shape, but they’re not so good when the edges of the tray brushes up against the soft tissues of your gums.
This isn’t going to cause receding gums or other problems, but it can be a little uncomfortable. To help reduce or eliminate the irritation you might experience, you can get a new nail buffer and smooth them out. You don’t want to remove a significant amount of material, just a small amount as you round out the corner.
Get a Removal Tool
You might think that if you are wearing your Invisalign aligners for 20 hours or more a day, you won’t be removing them all that often. But the truth is that you’ll be removing them several times. They have to be taken out every time you eat, and, if you want to avoid staining, every time you drink anything other than water.
Removing the Invisalign aligners can be a bit of a challenge, which can add up to a significant nuisance. It’s especially challenging to remove your aligners if you have a nice manicure, which can make it hard to grip your aligners. But even for a man, it’s unpleasant to reach into your mouth so many times a day to remove your aligners.
A removal tool makes it easier to reach in and remove the aligner. It’s faster, and you don’t have to reach in with your hands. Not only that, but your removal tool is useful for the retainer after your treatment is complete.
Be Aware of Your Makeup
Invisalign is supposed to be invisible, and it does that pretty well. But it does have one weakness: it’s susceptible to getting lipstick on them. Because the aligners do protrude out from your teeth into the neutral space adjacent to your lips, they’re more likely to get lipstick on them, which can call attention to them.
But it’s easy to avoid this. Take an extra step in your makeup routine to remove excess lipstick from the inside of your lips and you will avoid ending up with lipstick on your aligners.
Always Carry a Hygiene Kit
Although you only need to brush and floss normally when you have Invisalign, you do need to do it more often. This will be a lot easier if you make sure to always have hygiene tools on you. This includes toothpaste, a toothbrush, and floss.
For women, it’s easy to carry these tools in a purse, but it’s actually not that much harder for a man. Many travel toothbrushes can be just three inches long. Add in a small tube of toothpaste and a small set of dental floss, and you’ll be prepared to clean your teeth whenever you need to. These will be much smaller than your wallet or smartphone, and you can easily carry them along with you.
The only concern is: make sure your toothbrush dries out before you put it back in your purse or pocket. That way, you can reduce the amount of bacteria on your toothbrush.
Soak Trays While You Eat
You’ll wear each Invisalign aligner for two weeks, at least 20 hours a day. That’s a long time to be wearing them, and it allows a lot of time for your trays to get dirty. They can become stained and can pick up an unpleasant odor.
To avoid this, soak your aligners while you’re eating. Use a denture cleaner or a dilute solution of mouthwash, but avoid mouthwashes with dyes that can stain your aligners.
Set a Timer to Remind You to Put Aligners Back
Whenever you take your aligners out, you are at risk for forgetting to put them back in. At best, this can lead to a minor setback in your Invisalign treatment. At worst, you can lose your Invisalign aligner or throw it away.
To avoid forgetting your aligners, set a timer every time you take out aligners. The time is less important than just having a reminder to put your aligners back in.
The Best Invisalign Experience Awaits You
Invisalign is a great approach to orthodontic treatment. Not only can you get straighter, healthier teeth, but you can do it without major sacrifice or inconvenience. If you’re ready to enjoy these benefits of Invisalign in San Diego, please call (619) 299-5925 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Strober Dental.