Dos And Don’ts Of Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign braces are a fantastic way to straighten your teeth, as well as correct some common concerns like bite alignment or gaps in the smile. Our dentists see patients from all over Marylebone and help them address some of these concerns through Invisalign braces. But if you’re new to them, read on – we’ll explain some dos and don’ts of the treatment, to help your teeth stay on track.
Do: follow your treatment programme correctly
Invisalign straightens your smile incrementally through clear aligners (trays), which means the smile is aligned little by little with gentle pressure, instead of the discomfort many people experience with fixed metal braces. As long as you wear your Invisalign braces for 20-22 hours per day, and change aligners as directed, you can help your treatment progress effectively.
Don’t: forget the cleaning
One of the most important ways to look after your Invisalign aligners is by following proper cleaning recommendations. This means rinsing on removal and reinsertion; gentle brushing of the aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush; soaking in Invisalign cleaning crystals every few days, and not wearing your Invisalign braces when eating or drinking (except for water).
Do: brush your teeth
With all that cleaning of aligners, many patients think they don’t need to brush their teeth. But, actually, the opposite is true – you’ll need to keep on top of brushing and flossing twice daily, as well as cleaning your aligners.
Do: store your aligners in their case
Need to travel? Want a break from wearing? About to eat? In any of these scenarios, you need to store your Invisalign braces in a case to protect them from damage or loss. After all, a broken or missing aligner could disrupt your treatment and affect your results. If you need advice on choosing a case, our dentists can help.
Don’t: neglect your retainers
At the end of your Invisalign braces treatment, you’ll be advised on wearing retainers to keep your smile straight for the future and prevent any regression of your teeth into their former positions. Our dentists help our Marylebone patients do just this – and can help you, too.
Do: get your dentist’s advice
Invisalign braces are suitable for most patients, so if it’s something you’re considering, talk to our expert team on how to start your treatment. Just get in touch via our contact page today, and we’ll book you in for your very own Invisalign consultation.