If you want to have straight teeth, you have to follow your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instructions as how to wear invisalign and when to wear it. It is important to educate yourself about invisalign, what it can do and what it cannot do. You will be investing a lot of money on invisalign in the hopes of having better teeth so you might as well help yourself by finding out what mistakes people make so that you can avoid.
Here is a list of mistakes which you must absolutely avoid in order to get the best results possible.
Thinking of invisalign as a quick fix
Invisalign is not a quick fix to having better and straighter teeth. Just like traditional metal braces, it takes some time for the treatment to have an effect, depending on how crooked your teeth it or depending on your condition. Most treatments last at least 12 months. One con of metal braces is that you do not have the option to take them off during the treatment period. You simply cannot interrupt the treatment plan.
On the other hand, you will be able to take the invisalign off whenever you please but you have to remember that in order to have the results you want, you must wear invisalign at least 22 hours a day.
Doing a poor job of brushing and flossing
When you are wearing invisalign, you will not be able to eat certain foods and you must also brush your teeth and floss them after very meal because food particles will get caught between your teeth. Always avoid eating and drinking with the aligners in place and clean your teeth well so that bacteria does not grow under the aligners.
Letting the aligners get dirty
Invisalign is meant to be clear and free from debris. If any dirt or food particles get on them, it will be very noticeable. Keep them clean and they will do a good job of giving you straight pearly whites.
Not wearing the aligners as advised
When you first wear your aligners you will find them very uncomfortable. This is only normal as you are not used to having something attached on your teeth. You will be more accustomed to the feeling the more frequently you wear your aligners. Some people make the mistake of not wearing their aligners at least 22 hours a day because they find it inconvenient. Well, if you want to have your aligners to actually straighten your teeth, you must wear them as advised.
Smoking with aligners
Smoking in itself is already not advised as it can cause a lot of diseases. Smoking with your aligners on is another thing which is bad because smoking can stain your aligners and no amount of cleaning will be able to take the stain out. If you must smoke, make sure that you remove your aligners first.
With invisalign, straight teeth is within your reach. Help yourself along the way to a better smile by avoiding the things enumerated and explained above.