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A Day in the Life With Invisalign®
Invisalign® has gained in popularity over the past decade, and it is now the preferred method of teeth straightening for many patients. While the benefits are well understood, it can be helpful to also know what living with Invisalign is like before making a final decision as to whether treatment is right for you.
A typical day with Invisalign
Although Invisalign requires fewer lifestyle changes than braces, the treatment process is likely to require a change in routine and daily habits. The following is a complete overview of a day in the life with Invisalign, including information about diet, how to take care of the aligners and how often they should be worn.
How the process works
Each cosmetic dentist is likely to have their own routine when it comes to Invisalign treatment, and every patient might have a different experience overall. However, there is a similar process that most patients follow, which includes the following steps:
- Initial consultation
- Dental impression
- The treatment process
- Follow-up care
After the initial consultation, a dental impression is taken, which is used to create the aligners in the lab. Once the aligners arrive back at the cosmetic dentist's, treatment can begin. After treatment, a retainer is needed to ensure that the patient’s smile remains straight for a lifetime.
Foods to eat/avoid
Invisalign aligners are removed while eating, so the dietary restrictions are far fewer than patients who choose braces. However, it is still encouraged to avoid hard foods, foods that are sticky or chewy and dark beverages such as coffee or tea. Good alternatives include soft fruits and vegetables, dairy products such as eggs and yogurt and water throughout each day.
How to care for the aligners
The quality of care placed on the Invisalign aligners often reflects the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment. When caring for the aligners, it is important to gently brush the aligners with soap and warm water rather than toothpaste, which tends to be more abrasive. Patients should also rinse the aligners off each time they are removed, to avoid a buildup of bacteria and food particles inside the aligners.
When to wear the aligners
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign treatment is the ability to remove the aligners whenever the patient wants. However, this benefit also comes with a great amount of responsibility. It is important to wear the aligners at least 20 hours each day, especially for the first few days after receiving a new aligner. Ideally, the aligners should only be removed while eating, brushing and speaking publicly.
Invisalign can help you achieve a better smile
Invisalign is incredibly effective at fixing crooked teeth, crowded teeth and malocclusions of any kind. If you are interested in learning more about how Invisalign can help you straighten your teeth and improve your physical appearance, consult with us and schedule a day to come into our office for your first visit. We can guide you through the entire Invisalign process, from the first appointment to providing follow-up care after treatment.
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