Your consultation with a cosmetic dentist for Invisalign treatment is an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the system. For example, you could ask the dentist for tips on how to receive the best possible results with Invisalign. Although this orthodontic system is among the most convenient treatments available for achieving a beautiful, straight smile, it’s still important to follow the care instructions from your dentist. They may offer the following advice:
Wear the Aligners as Directed
Dentists agree that wearing the aligners as directed is the most important step you can take to ensure best results. The aligners, which are transparent trays made of durable plastic, are practically undetectable. This means that it’s easy to wear them as you go about your daily routine; nobody will know you’re straightening your teeth. Try to wear them for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Clean the Aligners Regularly
The only times you should remove your aligners are for meals and oral hygiene routines. Clean your aligners at least twice daily using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste, and rinse them thoroughly. Or, your dentist might recommend using a special kit to clean them.
Clean Your Teeth Thoroughly
Invisalign offers an exciting advantage over traditional braces in that they make it much easier to keep your teeth and gums clean. Simply remove your aligners before brushing and flossing your teeth. Following a good oral hygiene routine can help reduce your risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.
Protect the Aligners from Damage
Although the aligners are durable, you should still follow a few safety measures to protect them from damage. Before playing sports, remove them and insert a mouth guard. Use only lukewarm water to rinse the aligners; very hot water may warp the plastic. Additionally, place the aligners in their carrying case whenever they aren’t in your mouth.
Get started with your orthodontic treatment today by scheduling a consultation for Invisalign. Call the NYC office of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. at (212) 661-9777 with any questions you might have. We are an Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider.