Unlike traditional metal braces that rely on metal brackets and archwires, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth and correct a wide variety of oral malocclusions. You can help make sure that you are getting the most out of your Invisalign experience by following these important tips.
Wear Your Aligners as Instructed
Your aligners may be removed when eating and brushing your teeth. However, it is important to wear your aligners at all other times to ensure successful treatment. Generally speaking, your aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for two weeks at a time before being upgraded to the next aligner in the series.
Keep Your Aligners Clean
The Invisalign system has been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease associated with traditional braces, since they can be removed for brushing and flossing. Just be sure to also clean your aligners themselves to remove any food debris or plaque buildup. Cleaning your aligners regularly will also help reduce the risk of staining, especially if you wear your aligners while drinking darkly colored beverages.
Visit Your Cosmetic Dentist Regularly
The best way to make the most out of your Invisalign treatment is to visit your cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Keeping up with your appointments will not only allow you to ask questions regarding your daily hygiene habits, but will also enable your dentist to assess your progress and identify signs of potential problems.
Are you looking for a less noticeable way of improving your smile? Find out if the Invisalign system is right for you by contacting Manhattan cosmetic dentist Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. at (212) 661-9777 today! We also offer a number of other cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, dental implants, and veneers.