Invisalign is a simple and comfortable solution to achieve your ideal smile. It has been a game changer for many patients who seek to enhance their smiles. However, like with any other procedure, common mishaps result in mediocre results. And there are specific behaviors you must do or avoid to achieve the best outcomes.
To assist you in avoiding these problems, here’s a helpful guide on common mistakes to avoid and get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
Wearing the clear aligners all the time
You should wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours a day, but most patients fall into the trap of wearing them all the time. While it may be favorable, it causes the clear aligners to loosen and no longer fit perfectly. It can increase treatment time and decrease overall quality.
You’ll need to take your aligners out for around two hours. That time can be divided into smaller chunks during the day as you consume and brush your teeth or spread out over a longer time. And remember to wash your teeth and aligners when you put them back.
Wearing the clear aligners while eating
Another misstep is eating while wearing your Invisalign aligners. You might stain and deform them if you wear them while eating, not to mention they can be painful. So you must remember to remove your clear aligners before eating and wash your teeth afterward.
When you don’t maintain good oral health habits while undergoing treatment
Adopt proper oral hygiene to achieve the best results from your Invisalign treatment. It includes brushing thrice a day, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash. If you do not take care of your teeth throughout treatment, you may develop cavities or other issues that will cause treatment to be delayed.
Avoid artificial sweeteners and snacks because they might trigger cavities. Clean and floss your teeth immediately if you consume something sweet.
Failure to keep the aligners inside a case
When you’re not wearing your Invisalign clear aligners, you must keep them in their case. It will protect them from microorganisms while reducing the danger of damage or loss.
If you lose your clear aligners, contact your orthodontist immediately. They can offer you a substitute so that you can resume your treatment.
When you’re exposing your aligners to heat
Your clear aligners might deform if you cleanse them with hot water, consume a hot beverage while they are in your mouth, or leave them in a hot vehicle. It will alter the alignment and affect its results. So you should not expose your clear aligners to intense heat, but you can rinse them in lukewarm water and remove them from your mouth when drinking liquids.
Cleaning the aligners using harsh mouthwash and a hard-bristled brush
Another typical misstep is using harsh mouthwash to clean the aligners. Because mouthwash contains alcohol, it might cause the aligners to become brittle and dry.
Only use Invisalign cleaning crystals or mild soap to clean your aligners. Toothpaste is also not recommended because it can be harsh and ruin the aligners. You should also avoid using a hard-bristled brush because it will scrape the clear aligners and distort them. Instead, brush the aligners lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will eliminate any build-up without harming them.