You have made the decision to transform your smile! There are many benefits that Invisalign in Highland Village has over traditional metal braces. You do not need to limit your diet, there are no brackets or wires, and they are practically invisible. There are several steps you should be taking to ensure that they stay safe and in good condition. Continue reading to learn about how to keep up with your aligners while you are on the path to your straighter smile!
Always Remove Your Trays Before Eating
Even though you do not need to limit your diet, you should be taking out your trays each time you want one of your favorite meals or drink anything other than water. If food particles get stuck in your trays, they will cling to your aligners creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This increases the likelihood if issues like cavities and gingivitis. This call all be easily avoided by carefully removing your aligners each time you eat.
Keep Your Aligners in a Case
You should be wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours every day. When you take them out to eat, remember to always put them in their case. If you place them on a plate or a napkin, you could accidently throw them away or forget them. It is important to always know where your trays are at all times.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth After Eating
After you enjoy your meal, you should thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. This is important to wash away any leftover food particles so that they do not get trapped in your trays and cause bacterial growth. This also helps to keep your aligners clean.
Clean Your Aligners When You Remove Them
When you brush your teeth, also use your toothbrush to brush your trays softly. Remember that you should be using lukewarm water to rinse your aligners. Using water that is too hot or too cold can cause them to warp. This could make the trays fit incorrectly and prolong your treatment.
Stick to a Routine
It is best to establish a routine to ensure that you are wearing and cleaning your aligners as much as you are directed to. This will help you keep track of your wear time so that you can get through your treatment as quickly and efficiently as possible.
You will love the outcome of your Invisalign treatment. Keeping up with your aligners is extremely important to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you will be showing off your smile in a timely manner.
About the Practice
At Highland Village Family Dentistry, Dr. Ryan Thomas and Dr. Mark Wagner believe in providing care that comes with integrity, honesty, and trust. Dr. Thomas graduated with his dental degree from New York University School of Dentistry. Dr. Wagner earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Roseman University of Health Sciences near Salt Lake City. Both dentists have completed extensive training in Orthodontics with Invisalign. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit their website or call (469) 444-6500.