Invisalign offers revolutionary teeth straightening with added advantages over braces and other treatment options when you are enduring misaligned teeth. But this comes with some responsibilities. That is why Dr. Dana Samet, a South Bay Invisalign® specialist, guides patients through after-care instructions to ensure that maximum benefits of the treatment are unveiled. But handling Invisalign is generally simple and similar to your normal oral care routine. While your doctor will reveal to you how to handle Invisalign, some basic tips help you.
Taking Your Aligner Out
Once your doctor fixes an aligner on your teeth, it is not final. You will need to remove the tray to clean it, replace it, or when eating. This is no difficult task but should be done precisely. Begin by slipping your finger towards the back teeth and feel the place the tray has been anchored. Ply between the tooth and aligner and gently pull the tray out from the back towards the front teeth until all is out. If you have problems feeling the edge with your figure, you can use your fingernail instead.
Putting the Aligner Back in
Although the first time your doctor will be the one to put the aligner in place, ensure you ask them to show you how to do it as you will be doing it on your own at home. But it is also not a complicated process, but it would be good to do it in the mirror to do it accurately. Line the tray with your teeth to put it in, and hold it with both hands near your back teeth. Gently press the tray into your teeth from the back to the front. Avoid biting the tray in place as it can damage it. Note that you might experience some discomfort when you put on the Invisalign for the first time.
Cleaning the Aligner
Your dentist will provide special instructions about cleaning your aligners, and be careful to adhere to them. Remember to bypass any harsh cleaners or chemicals to protect your trays. The process is simple as it involves just brushing and rinsing your trays. But also remember to use a soft toothbrush to rub off any foreign particles on the trays while you run them under lukewarm water. Although you can brush the trays with standard toothpaste, ensure you rinse thoroughly afterward and leave them dry and clean.
Cleaning Your Teeth
Brushing and flossing your teeth before fitting back your aligner is vital to avoid trapping bacteria which can be problematic. This means that you will have to brush and floss your teeth every time you eat as you will have removed the trays or otherwise cleaning the aligners alone may not benefit you. Even when you cannot brush due to certain factors, it is good to rinse your mouth at least before you place the tray back. Therefore, you can consider adding a bottle of mouthwash to your travel checklist.
Keep the Aligners in Place Most of the Time
For aligners to effectively straighten your teeth, you need to wear them for about 22 hours a day. Therefore, only remove them when necessary and put them back immediately when you are done with whatever you are doing, such as eating. This will help you get the next set of trays in just a couple of weeks, meaning your teeth are falling into position.
Dr. Samet can help you understand how to cope with Invisalign if they are suitable for you. Therefore, reach out to Dental Art of South Bay today and start your journey to the perfect smile you deserve.