6 Tips for the Best Invisalign Experience

January 25, 2018
Jason K. Bunch, DDS, MS

6 Tips for the Best Invisalign Experience

Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic solution, also known as transparent braces. It straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. These removable aligners are virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re wearing them while straightening your teeth.

Find out how we use Invisalign to shift your overbite into a great smile.

Using the latest 3D imaging technology, we create a custom set of aligners for you. Every 1-2 weeks, you switch to new aligners, and, as you change aligners, your teeth gradually and comfortably shift — resulting in a beautiful smile.

To make your Invisalign process as easy and successful as possible, consider following these six tips for a better experience:

1. Use Your Invisalign Case to Store Your Aligners

Keep your aligners in their case to prevent losing them, throwing them away, or allowing easy access for your dog to turn them into a chew toy. Additionally, cases will protect your retainers from dirt and germs found in bags, pockets, tables, etc.

2. Brush Your Teeth After Meals and Snacks

Brushing after every meal or snack will prevent your aligners from smelling and tasting like food. And remember, never eat or drink anything but water with your aligners still inside your mouth.

3. Exercise Your Aligners

Ask your orthodontist for plastic chewies, and chew on them for 10-15 minutes each day. This exercise helps keep your trays in line and molded to your teeth. Bonus: It will also prevent you from snacking throughout the day.

4. Set Alarms That Remind You to Put your Aligners Back in Your Mouth

Many patients must prolong their treatment time because they forget to continually place their aligners back in after a meal or snack. We suggest setting a timer whenever you remove your aligners so you remember to put them back in whenever you’re done eating. This practice will ensure a timely treatment plan and quicker results.

5. Soak Your Trays While You Eat

Whenever you take your aligners out to eat, consider using that time to soak them in retainer or denture cleaner — preventing them from getting a bad odor or becoming stained. Twenty minutes of soaking per day will keep your aligners clean and smelling fresh.

6. Remove Your Trays While Working Out

Running, playing sports or doing intense cardio while wearing your Invisalign trays can be very difficult because of the dryness or spit that accumulates in your mouth. We recommend taking them out while you workout, as long as you remember to put them back in afterwards.

Here at Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you straighten your teeth and achieve a brighter smile. With seven convenient locations throughout Central Indiana, we are here to serve the needs of you and your family. Reach out today to learn more and schedule your first visit. We hope to hear from you soon!


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