Orthodontic treatment requires commitment whether you opt for traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners to straighten your smile. So, what kind of responsibility can you expect with Invisalign?
When you decide to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you’re making a major commitment to an orthodontic treatment plan.
It's important to take your treatment seriously and follow the instructions set out by your dentist in order to achieve the desired results.
By remaining committed to your treatment and making a few small adjustments to your daily life, you will see the benefits of choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment.
Wearing Your Aligners Daily
While the total length of your treatment will depend on your specific case, you will need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day.
Making Small Adjustments to Eating Habits
Because Invisalign aligners are removable they won't affect what you eat, however you might want to make some adjustments to when and how often you eat. You may find that sticking to three meals a day and skipping snacks as much as possible is easiest.
Removing your aligners each time you eat or drink is easy, however since you will need to brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in, it can become time consuming if you snack frequently.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
There is no extra commitment for your at home brushing and flossing routine because Invisalign clear aligners are removable. You simply remove your aligners, and clean your teeth as usual.
Clean your aligners with mild soap and a soft toothbrush each time you remove them. You should also soak your aligners regularly to remove any buildup and to keep them sanitized.
Attending Regular Dental Checkups
You will be required to attend regular dental appointments throughout your Invisalign treatment.
These checkups allow your dentist to monitor your progress and ensure that your treatment is on the right track.
Regardless of which orthodontic treatment option you choose, you will likely be required to wear a retainer once the treatment is complete. Retainers help to prevent your teeth from shifting out of their new desired positions.
Your dentist will provide you with instructions about when to wear your retainer and for how long.