You've begun your Invisalign treatment and are on your way to straightening your smile. Congratulations! Now, you're gradually getting used to your new routine. While it may feel challenging at first, it is doable, especially with these tips from our Delta dentist to help you stick with Invisalign treatment.
How can I make it easier to stick with my Invisalign treatment?
During your first few weeks of starting orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, you might feel a bit overwhelmed — after all, there are some things you'll need to remember about your treatment plan while you get adapt to wearing your aligners.
That said, getting used to your new routine will just take some practice, patience and commitment on your part. Here, our Surrey dentists share some tips to help make your Invisalign treatment go more smoothly so you get the most value out of your investment.
Commit to Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners Full-Time
Just like building other good habits, keep in mind that you'll have to be patient with yourself as you integrate this new one and get used to the new changes to your daily routine. Your commitment to treatment and your goal for a straighter smile will also help you lay a solid foundation for success.
To achieve your anticipated progress and reach your goals by the end of your treatment, you'll need to wear your aligners most of the time — 22 hours each day — for them to work properly. You should only remove them to eat, drink and brush your teeth. As a result of sticking diligently to your treatment plan, you'll be more comfortable as you progress through treatment and switch to your new aligner every two weeks or so.
Clean Your Aligners While You Eat
Since you won't be able to wear your aligners anyway while eating, use this time to clean your trays by soaking them in a cleaning solution while you enjoy your meal.
Put your aligners in the special Invisalign cleaning solution, a diluted mouthwash or denture cleaner (confirm none of these are coloured since coloured solutions will stain your aligners) for about 5 minutes before taking them out. Do this twice every week to help keep your aligners fresh and clean.
Learn to Speak With Your Aligners In
You'll likely hear yourself speaking with a lisp when. you first start to wear your aligners in your mouth. This is normal as your mouth gets used to having your aligners in. Your speech will gradually return to normal once you've adapted. In the meantime, practice speaking — call a friend to chat, sing to your favourite songs, read aloud or talk to yourself.
Looking for more advice on how you can make your Invisalign treatment successful? Contact our Delta dentist today for advice.