You've started your Invisalign treatment and are well on your way to achieving a straighter smile. Congratulations! You're gradually acclimating to your new routine at this point. While it may seem difficult at first, it is possible, especially with the help of our Hanin dentist's tips for staying on track with Invisalign treatment.
How can I make it easier to stick with my Invisalign treatment?
You might feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks of Invisalign clear aligner treatment because there are a lot of things to remember about your treatment plan while you get used to wearing your aligners.
Getting used to your new routine will take practice, patience, and dedication. Our Surrey dentists share some tips to help you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
Commit to Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners Full-Time
Keep in mind that, just like with other good habits, you'll need to be patient with yourself as you integrate this new one and adjust to the new changes in your daily routine. Your dedication to treatment and desire for a straighter smile will also aid in the establishment of a strong foundation for success.
For your aligners to work properly and help you achieve your goals by the end of your treatment, you'll need to wear them the majority of the time — 22 hours per day. Only take them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You'll be more comfortable as you progress through treatment and switch to your new aligner every two weeks or so if you stick to your treatment plan.
Clean Your Aligners While You Eat
Because you won't be able to wear your aligners while eating anyway, take advantage of this time to clean your trays by soaking them in a cleaning solution while you eat.
Before removing your aligners, soak them in the special Invisalign cleaning solution, diluted mouthwash, or denture cleaner (make sure none of these are coloured, as coloured solutions will stain your aligners). This should be done twice a week to keep your aligners fresh and clean.
Learn to Speak With Your Aligners In
When you first begin wearing your aligners in your mouth, you will almost certainly hear yourself speaking with a lisp. This is normal as your mouth adjusts to your aligners being in. Once you've adapted, your speech will gradually return to normal. Meanwhile, practise speaking by calling a friend to chat, singing along to your favourite songs, reading aloud, or conversing with yourself.
Looking for more advice on how you can stick to your Invisalign treatment? Contact Hanin Dental today for advice.