Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner that gradually straightens your teeth without the use of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign uses a series of customized trays to gradually shift your teeth into place. The process takes about 18 months on average, but it can be shorter or longer depending on how quickly you progress through each tray stage.
If you’re interested in getting Invisalign, here are some tips for getting the most out of your treatment:
- Brush and floss regularly before wearing your aligners so they don’t get dirty during use!
- Brush with toothpaste after every meal if possible (but not while wearing the aligners). This will help keep them clean and prevent any buildup from occurring inside them over time–which could cause irritation if not taken care of right away!
Tips for Caring for Your Teeth During Treatment
- Brush and floss regularly.
- Avoid sticky foods, like chewy candy or caramel popcorn.
- Keep your aligners clean by rinsing them with lukewarm water after eating or drinking, then brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Tips for Dealing with Invisalign Discomfort
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both over-the-counter pain relievers that can help with discomfort from Invisalign treatment. If you’re not sure which one to use, ask your dentist for advice.
- Use cold compresses. A cold compress can help reduce swelling around your mouth and jaw area–so if you’re experiencing any tenderness or swelling after treatment, this is a good option for you! Just be careful not to apply ice directly on your skin; instead, place it in a cloth or paper towel first so it doesn’t burn when applied directly against the skin (and make sure the ice isn’t too cold either).
- Salt water rinses: Another way to deal with discomfort during Invisalign treatment is by doing salt water rinses at home using warm water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt per 8 ounces of water–or simply by adding some salt directly into your drinking glass before drinking through straws (which helps keep bacteria out of the mouth).
- If you’re still experiencing discomfort, please see your dentist.