So you’ve decided to take the plunge. Teeth straightening post-adolescence is both comfortable and discrete with Invisalign treatment. But there are a few steps you should take to ensure your Invisalign process goes as smoothly as possible. Today, our Oakland dentist offers a few tips for those just beginning Invisalign treatment. Follow the steps laid out in this guide and your orthodontic treatment will end swiftly, leaving your teeth both straight and healthy.
Oakland Dentist on Oral Hygiene During Invisalign Treatment
Excellent oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment is crucial. It is easy for food particles to become trapped between your teeth and your Invisalign trays. The tray itself, if not properly cleaned, can also be a source of bacteria. These factors can lead to tooth decay, meaning you will need additional dental work once Invisalign treatment is complete. Our Oakland dentist wants your post-Invisalign smile to be gorgeous and complete; keep it so by keeping your teeth clean!
Brush and floss after eating. This will prevent food & bacteria from becoming trapped in the trays. Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and floss with you, and rinse with water if brushing is impossible. Ask our Oakland dentist for some travel-sized products.
Keep your Invisalign trays clean. This will prevent bacteria from clinging to trays. Invisalign offers a cleaning kit, but you can also clean the trays with toothpaste & toothbrush, or soap & warm water.
Top Things to Remember During Invisalign Treatment with our Oakland Dentist
- Stay on schedule. You should switch to new trays at the designated dates. This will ensure that your teeth move consistently and your final smile is in line with your Oakland dentist’s plan.
- Communicate with your dentist. If you have any issues or questions, contact our office right away and we will come to your aid. Maintain your regular appointments to get new trays and have Invisalign checkups. Don’t worry – you will have fewer appointments than you would with metal braces.
- Put trays back in right away. After brushing or eating, put your trays back in your mouth as quickly as possible so that your teeth continue to move.
Congratulations on your Invisalign decision! Within the next year, you will arrive at your beautifully straightened smile.