Tips for Adjusting to Invisalign® Clear Aligners
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The Invisalign® process is fairly simple overall, but it does take time to adjust to the clear aligners. While there is likely to be a certain amount of discomfort regardless, the adjustment process can be made much easier by knowing useful tips on how to adjust to Invisalign aligners properly.

How to adjust to Invisalign aligners

There are certain things that can be done to make the adjustment to wearing Invisalign clear aligners much easier, which also helps ensure effective and efficient results. The following are four useful insights on how to minimize discomfort and maintain good oral health as you begin Invisalign treatment.

Wear the aligners

Having the ability to remove the Invisalign clear aligners whenever the patient needs to do so is a huge advantage that Invisalign has over braces, but it does come with increased responsibility. All too many patients become frustrated by the discomfort that often exists when adjusting to new clear aligners and might remove them to ease this discomfort. However, it is important to continue wearing them for at least 20 hours each day to achieve the best results.

Eat a soft diet

Another advantage of Invisalign is having far fewer dietary restrictions than braces treatment, but there are still food and drink choices that might be best to avoid. Most cosmetic dentists encourage their Invisalign patients to limit their intake of hard foods, sticky foods or dark beverages that might stain teeth. In general, avoiding as much sugar as possible is helpful as well. Instead, stick to a soft diet of foods that are easy to eat, especially when adjusting to new clear aligners, as there is an increased chance of discomfort during the transition.

Brush often

Practicing good oral hygiene is incredibly important during Invisalign treatment. Bacteria and food particles have a tendency to become trapped between the aligners and teeth when the patient does not brush often enough. By brushing once at night, in the morning and after each meal, the teeth and aligners can remain clean and the patient can maintain good oral health. Additionally, the gums might be sore as the teeth begin to shift, and it is important to clean them to keep them healthy and limit any discomfort.

Stay patient

Many patients have heard about how great Invisalign treatment is, which can lead all too many to think that the process does not require any effort. While Invisalign is incredibly effective, there is likely to be difficulties along the way, and it is important to stay patient, continue wearing the Invisalign aligners consistently and trust that the end result will be the smile of one's dreams.

A cosmetic dentist can help you with Invisalign treatment

Here at our cosmetic dentistry office, we pride ourselves on helping each one of our patients through the adjustment period as they begin Invisalign treatment. Everyone deserves to have a smile they are proud to show off, and it is our goal to help each one of our patients achieve a smile that looks great and brings confidence.

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