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Invisalign®: Do’s and Dont’s

Invisalign® is a form of clear braces that can be used to straighten teeth. They are a great option for adults who want straighter teeth without having to wear noticeable metal or ceramic braces. Unfortunately, many of the people who get Invisalign® don’t know about all of the do’s and dont’s associated with them. In this blog post, we will talk about what you need to know before getting Invisalign® so you can avoid any mistakes!

Can I Wear My Aligners in the Swimming Pool?

You sure can! Your Invisalign® aligners are designed to fit your unique teeth. That means they’re designed to fit snugly and you won’t need to worry about them slipping out.

They are not impacted by the chlorine or saltwater, either. Invisalign® aligners are made of patented SmartTrack plastic: it’s uniquely designed for use in clear aligners. It’s sturdy and flexible, ideal for treating teeth with orthodontic care, and molded to fit comfortably around your teeth. The material is sturdy and won’t be damaged by the chlorine in pools or the saltwater in the ocean.

Can I Drink Fluids While Wearing My Aligners?

You can drink water while wearing your Invisalign® trays, but anything else can be too harsh on the plastic. Plus, drinks can get lodged between your tooth enamel and the trays, increasing the risk of developing tooth decay and staining your trays.

Can I Wear Invisalign® in the Shower?

Yes, you can wear your Invisalign® aligners in the shower.

Can I Sleep in My Aligners?

Yes! You should always be sleeping with your Invisalign® aligners on.

Can I Play Sports While Wearing My Aligners?

Yes, you can play sports while wearing your Invisalign® aligners.

Do I Have to Brush My Teeth after Drinking Tea or Coffee, or Just Food?

We would always recommend that after any drink apart from water, you should brush your teeth. You can buy travel kits from your local pharmacy or supermarket for your oral health which include small toothbrushes these are ideal to take out with you.

What Do I Use to Clean My Aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign® Cleaning System, available online or from your doctor. You can also brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.

I’m Going on Vacation; Can I Leave My Aligners out and Let My Treatment Run for 2 Weeks Longer?

This is not advisable as your teeth can drift back and the problem you will have then is that you won’t be able to get your aligners back in when you return home, this could also have financial implications for you in that you may have to order extra aligners.

Do You Have Any Tips for Brushing My Teeth in Public Washrooms When out for a Meal?

Brushing your teeth in public washrooms, whether at school, a restaurant, or even at work, may be intimidating. Invest in a travel toothbrush set that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash in a convenient bag or carrier.

Lay down a few pieces of clean paper towels or tissue paper to give yourself a clean surface. Remove your Invisalign® liners and brush your teeth as you normally would, making sure to rinse your toothpaste down the sink to keep the public restroom as clean as possible. Floss and mouthwash. Give your Invisalign® liners a quick brush with toothpaste before putting them back in.

Know that while it may be intimidating to brush your teeth in a public restroom, keep in mind that lots of people have had braces, have kids with braces, or are familiar with Invisalign® aligners. People are more often sympathetic and understanding.

Book a Consultation with Southern Dental Associates

Ready to transform your smile? Please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists for a consultation regarding Invisalign® treatment in Advance, NC, Lewisville, NC, Wilkesboro, NC, or Lexington, NC.

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