Tips To Speed Up Your Invisalign Treatment

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Choosing Invisalign to straighten your teeth is a great choice, as this option offers an almost-invisible and removable way to achieve this goal. The downside to Invisalign is that the aligners used to straighten the teeth are removable. While this is also a benefit, it can delay the results of your treatment if you choose to remove the aligners too often. If you really want straight teeth and want to achieve this goal as quickly as possible, you should follow these tips to help you with this.

Only Remove the Aligners When Eating

Most dentists and orthodontists will instruct patients to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours every single day, and following this rule will help you achieve straighter teeth faster. Each set of aligners you get will be designed for your teeth and goals, and you will need to replace each set every one to two weeks, depending on when your dentist tells you to. If you fail to wear these aligners, your teeth will not have the pressure on them that they need to shift into proper alignment.

Because of this, you should aim to wear your aligners at all times except when you are eating. You cannot eat while wearing the aligners, and doing so could damage them. Therefore, remove them just before eating and replace them after you eat. If you follow this rule, your teeth will move faster, and you will be able to complete your treatment plan as quickly as possible.

Limit Your Beverages to Water Only

The second thing you should know is that you must remove your aligners when drinking any beverage other than water. Because of this, you should limit your beverages to water only. If you are sipping on water, you will not have to remove the aligners. This means you will be able to wear them longer, and this will help them work faster. Limiting your drinks to water only is also good for your health, body, and mouth. Water will never harm your teeth, as other drinks can, and drinking water actually helps you keep your teeth cleaner.

Keep Your Teeth and Mouth Clean and Healthy

You should also try to brush your teeth right after eating meals and snacks so that your teeth are clean when you place your aligners back in your mouth. Additionally, you should aim to keep your mouth healthy and clean during your entire treatment plan so you can avoid developing cavities. If you develop any cavities or other problems with your mouth, you will have to visit a dentist for treatment. After you receive treatment, you might need to keep the aligners out of your mouth for hours or even a full day while your mouth heals. This means that you will not be able to follow the rule of wearing your aligners all day, and this could impede your progress.  

Don't Use a New Set of Aligners Until Your Dentist Tells You

The other thing you should realize is that you should never change your aligners prematurely. Some people will do this to try to speed up their progress and treatment, but this is not a good decision. Changing your aligners too soon could cause problems with your teeth and the progress.

Dentists are very good at predicting accurate time frames for treatment plans with Invisalign. If you follow these tips and the instructions the dentist gives you, there should be no problem meeting the time-frame goals your dentist determines when you start the treatment. To learn more about Invisalign, contact a dentist like Dr. Johnny Smith DMD in your area.


13 April 2018

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!