Just got your invisible aligners? You’re one step closer to a beautiful, straight smile! Although you will go through an adjustment period as you get used to wearing your aligners for 22+ hours per day, there are some tips and hacks to get the most out of your invisible aligner treatment. At Cavalancia Orthodontics, we want the orthodontic journey of our patients to be smooth and effective. If we can help ease any discomfort during that process, that’s our goal! Our orthodontist has 6 tips and hacks to help you with your invisible aligners.
1. Always Carry Your Invisible Aligners’ Case
Our orthodontist recommends carrying your invisible aligners’ case everywhere you go. Simply put it in your purse, backpack, or pocket. That way, you will always have something to store your aligners in at mealtimes, even when out at a restaurant. This little trick will also help you not forget your aligners when out of the house.
2. Switch Your Aligners Before Bed
When it’s time to switch your aligners to the next pair, make the switch at bedtime rather than in the morning. Every time you change your aligners (about every two weeks) they will feel a little tighter as they slowly shift your teeth. It’s easier to get used to your new set of aligners if you keep them in for a long period of time. 8 hours of uninterrupted aligner time is the best way to get used to a new invisible aligner.
3. Keep a Nail File Handy
This hack might sound a little odd, but it really helps! With new aligners, there might be sharp edges that cut into your cheek or gums. If you can’t get to an “orthodontist near me” quickly, simply file the sharp part down and keep wearing your aligners.
4. Find a Good Denture Solution
An easy way to keep your aligners fresh and build-up-free is a denture solution. You can soak your aligners when you eat breakfast and dinner and they will feel good as new when you pop them back in.
5. Wear the Aligners for 22+ Hours Per Day
Remember - this is the most important tip - you must wear your aligners for 22+ hours per day or your orthodontic treatment won’t work. Only take your aligners out at mealtimes. If you stay on track, you’ll be closer to a beautiful, straight smile. If not, your treatment time may take longer than expected.
6. Emergency Dental Kit
Our orthodontist’s last invisible aligner hack is to always carry an emergency dental kit, that way you’ll consistently have clean teeth. Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a small mirror, and a water bottle with you wherever you go. Not only will this help your oral hygiene but it will also keep your orthodontic treatment on track.
Contact Cavalancia Orthodontics in Indiana & Johnstown for Invisible Aligners!
If you are interested in invisible aligners to straighten your teeth, contact Cavalancia Orthodontics in Indiana and Johnstown. Our “orthodontist near me” is the best around and will happily walk you through all the details of invisible aligners and orthodontic treatment. We hope to see you soon!