Invisalign braces, a teeth-straightening system that uses invisible trays rather than traditional metal braces, are extremely popular and only getting more popular by the day. Why? Part of the reason is that you can't see them when they're in place. What's more, clear braces are easier to clean than traditional braces. Treatment with Invisalign takes approximately 12 to 24 months, which is slightly less time than treatment with metal braces. However, there are some changes that you will have to make if you choose to straighten your teeth with invisible tray aligners.
Change Your Meal-Time Routine
Meal time with invisible braces is a little different than meal time without braces. At each meal, you must remove your braces, placing them in a safe location, while you eat. Before reinserting the braces, you must rinse them off thoroughly. If you eat outside the home regularly, you may want to invest in a travel case for your aligners so you can store them while you're eating. Placing them on the table while you're eating may offend others. Plus, there's a good chance they will get dirty or damaged.
Add To Your Brushing Regimen
Brushing and flossing your teeth is easy with clear braces. However, you will have to add to your routine. Ideally, you should brush, floss and rinse twice per day, morning and night. You should also brush your teeth after each meal before you put your braces back in place. Failing to brush properly can result in food and bacterial trapped between the aligners and your teeth, which may result in decay and/or other dental issues, such as gum disease.
Clean Your Trays Regularly
Your trays require extra cleaning and care. In addition to rinsing them before placing them in your mouth each and every time, you must clean them regularly. Clean your aligners with clear anti-bacterial soap and warm water before placing them in a denture soak overnight. In the morning, you can brush your aligners to remove any residue, but do it gently.
Take Extra Precautions When Being Active
You cannot wear your aligners while engaging in vigorous activity, especially if you're required to wear a mouth guard. To prevent injury, take your aligners out and wear a mouth guard during serious physical activity.
As you can see, there are several lifestyle changes associated with invisible braces. If you have any questions about Invisalign or if you wish to know if they're right for you, talk to your dentist today.