September 25, 2019
As with any orthodontic appliance, adjusting to Invisalign aligners may take some getting used to right after you get them. The week-long transition period is certainly worth the beautiful, aligned smile that you’ll achieve once your treatment is completed. While the adjustment period is inevitable to deal with, there are some tips that can make it easier. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to get you through the first week with your Invisalign aligners to make the rest of your treatment a breeze!
Track How Long You’ve Been Wearing Your Trays
In order to get the results you’re looking for, you’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. However, you’ll need to take them out in order to eat, brush, and floss. When you first start your treatment, it can be easy to forget to put them back in. Luckily, there are several apps for your smartphone that can help you track how long they’ve been in for. That way, you’re less likely to forget how long you’ve been wearing them for, altering your treatment timeline.
Store Them in a Case So You Don’t Accidentally Lose Them
Keep a couple of Invisalign cases lying around work and home so that you always have a clean and safe place to store your Invisalign aligners. Try not to place them on napkins or anything that could be easily thrown away, because you might lose them.
Clean Them Regularly To Prevent Oral Health Problems
To keep your trays clear and clean of any plaque and bacteria, you’ll need to regularly brush them with clear antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled brush. After each time you eat, be sure to rinse your trays before putting them back in your mouth. You can set a reminder in your phone at the end of the day to help you remember to sanitize them.
Put Them in Your Mouth Properly So They Don’t Get Damaged
Your trays are made from smooth plastic, meaning that they can become warped or damaged if they’re not handled properly. When you insert or remove them into your mouth, be sure to apply an even amount of pressure to each side until they secure into place.
Practice Pronouncing Sounds to Help You Speak Clearly
When you first put your Invisalign aligners into your mouth, they’ll feel unnatural. Your tongue will have to get used to moving differently to create certain sounds while you speak. For the first week, you may notice that you have a lisp or are having difficulty saying certain words. There’s no need to worry, this is only temporary. One thing you can do to solve this problem is to sing in the shower to help your tongue readjust. You can also read outloud to get used to the way it feels to pronounce certain words.
Within a few days, your Invisalign trays will start to feel like a natural addition to your mouth. Once you get through the transition week and develop new healthy habits, you’ll hardly notice that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment!
About the Author
Dr. Katie Montgomery enjoys teaching her patients about how they can optimize their oral health to enjoy their natural smile for decades to come. She provides comprehensive treatment including a variety of cosmetic services like Invisalign. Dr. Montgomery offers treatments using the latest advancements in dentistry so her patients can get the care they need without disrupting their daily lives. For questions or to schedule a consultation for Invisalign, visit Montgomery Family Dental’s website or call 937-642-1151.
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