Having a healthy smile plays a huge role when it comes to feeling confident and attractive — and straight teeth play an important part in that. Invisible braces are incredibly popular and according to Invisalign, more than 10 million people (including more than 1.4 million teens) have opted to straighten their smiles with Invisalign. We’ve treated thousands of patients with Invisalign braces over the years, and as a result, we know precisely where many people run into trouble. Read on for tips to keep in mind to help you get the best Invisalign results if you decide that this is the best option.
Find creative ways to avoid the pain associated with new trays
Many patients experience discomfort when using new trays, leading them to delay the process through noncompliance. One of the best ways to minimize the discomfort associated with these ‘adjustments’ is to switch trays at night. You’ll sleep through most of the discomfort and should be able to handle any residual pain with an over-the-counter pain killer.
Make sure to wear your trays for at least 22 hours per day
Invisalign braces work much in the same way that traditional braces do — they move your teeth through the application of constant pressure. For this to work, you absolutely must wear the trays as required, and that means for at least 22 hours per day. Most of our patients find this regime gives them more than enough time to eat and even have important face-to-face conversations without the trays.
Drink extra water
Many patients have found that wearing Invisalign trays contributes to dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to minimize the physical results of dehydration, including bad breath and decreased concentration. If you need to snack throughout the day, consider creating a schedule that will help you stay on track. Some patients have found it difficult to figure out when to snack during the day when wearing trays.
Invest in a traycase that you keep with you
Avoid treatment delays due to broken trays by always having a tray carrying case with you. It comes in handy when you need to remove your tray for an important speech, meeting, or meal with clients. We’ve seen too many patients who run into trouble because they’ve either lost or damaged a tray after taking it out and putting it in a purse or leaving it on a desk somewhere.
Keep your old trays
If you lose or break a tray, it can take up to a week to get a replacement. It’s important not to let your teeth move during this hiatus. Keep your old trays around just in case this sort of emergency pops up. You can use the old tray as a placeholder to prevent reversion until your new trays arrive.