Orthodontic treatment is a big commitment whether you choose traditional metal braces or Invisalign®. If you decide that Invisalign is the right option for you, complying with treatment is the key to success. Our BC Straight Smile dentists are here to explain.
Orthodontic treatment is a major commitment, even when you choose Invisalign because, even though it's removable, it is still a 22/7 commitment.
So, it's important to take your treatment seriously and follow all the instructions given to you by your dentist.
By staying committed to your treatment, and making some small changes to your daily life, you will quickly come to see the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners.
Why Is Compliance Important?
Invisalign aligners are trays that are fitted precisely to your mouth and teeth. They only work when they are placed in your mouth properly. It is important to wear them for up to 22 hours a day. They are only to be removed in order to eat or clean your teeth.
If you don't wear your aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day, it can cause serious setbacks to your treatment. This means that you will have to continue treatment for longer than you had originally planned.
What If I Don't Comply?
Another factor to think about is complying with frequent teeth brushing and flossing. If you don't brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners in you risk food getting stuck in them which can lead to bacteria growth.
Cleaning your aligners frequently with soft soap and a toothbrush can help combat this but why would you want to put a dirty aligner in your mouth at all?
Tips for Maintaining Compliance
Mentally prepare yourself for the commitment to wearing Invisalign aligners. When making the decision to commit to something, it is helpful to start with a plan. Let your friends and family know about your treatment. They can help you stay motivated! Always remember to keep tissues or a designated container available, to store your aligners when you are eating.
Remember why you decided to get Invisalign aligners in the first place. The evenness of your teeth and bite won’t just improve your smile, but your overall health. When your teeth are straight, they won’t chip or break. You’ll be better equipped to eat the healthy foods you enjoy and need to maintain your energy level and lifestyle.
Your teeth will be easier to clean once they are straight and even. Your dentist appointments will be quicker and less of a hassle with straighter teeth. Your smile will be brighter, and your confidence will be higher!
The better you comply and remember to look forward to the results of wearing the aligners, the quicker and more successful your treatment will be. It is a long-term investment and a worthy commitment to your health and life.