Instead of having to deal with a mouth filled with metal, a limited diet and a change in life style, invisalign treatment is a great option that makes use of removable aligners that offers comfort, convenience and many more benefits over its more traditional metal bracket and wire braces counterpart. However, they do require a certain level of discipline and commitment in order to get all the benefits from them.
In this article we will be giving you a detailed guideline of things you must not do while undergoing invisalign treatment.
These guidelines can be applied to almost anyone no matter what kind of teeth problem you are trying to solve.
1. Not Cleaning Your Trays Thoroughly
Just like properly brushing and flossing your teeth are essential if you want to maintain healthy teeth, proper cleaning of your invisalign trays is also important in order to prevent the buildup of germs and bacteria’s. You want to carry out these cleaning at least twice a day, in the morning and at evening.
2. Not Brushing Your Teeth Thoroughly
Cleaning your aligners is one thing you must not joke with but so also is cleaning your teeth. It is important you brush and floss regularly especially while using aligners because having dirty teeth will only lead to the buildup of bacteria between your teeth and the aligner trays thereby leading to bad dental problems and negating all the corrective works the invisalign treatment is making.
3. Eating with Your Invisalign
The only thing you are allowed to take while wearing your invisalign trays is water anything else would have to wait till you have taken your trays out. Using the trays to eat might damage it as it was not built for chewing.
4. Cleaning Your Trays with Toothpaste
This is a mistake lots of people make, using toothpaste to wash out your invisalign tray will keep it clean but it will also discolor it too making it very visible when you wear it. Instead use only warm water to soak or rinse it out. You can also speak to your dentist for the other ways to clean out your trays.
5. Not Wearing Your Aligners for up to 20 Hours Per Day
Paying attention to how long and how frequently you remove your aligner is important because every tray is supposed to be worn for at least 20 hours a day for 2 weeks before getting changed by your dentist. Taking your aligners out and not sticking to the specified time will only slow down your treatment, frustrate you when you don’t see results and end being a waste of time.
6. Leaving Them Out in the Open
Leaving your aligners out in the open can lead to a buildup of germs and bacteria. instead put them in their dedicated case till you are ready to put them on again. You also want to remember to always reins them out every time you remove them before putting them back on in order to avoid the buildup of saliva, bacteria’s and germs.