June 20, 2019
You’ve recently decided to get Invisalign in Federal Hill because you want a straighter smile without the awkward look and feel of traditional metal braces. While you’re waiting to receive your first set of aligners from your dentist, you’re getting increasingly more curious about what your life with Invisalign will look like. Below are some frequently asked questions that can help prepare you for your day-to-day with clear aligners.
Will Your Aligners Be Uncomfortable?
One thing that may be on your mind is whether or not your aligners are going to cause you discomfort or pain. Like traditional braces, your aligners use gentle and strategic pressure to reposition your teeth into their ideal position. Because of this, you may experience slight discomfort during the first few days of wearing them while your mouth adjusts.
If you feel discomfort at first, there’s nothing to worry about because it’s completely normal. Within the first week, your mouth will become used to them. Patients who have complained about pressure and tenderness typically report that it only lasts for a few days after wearing their new series of trays. Also, studies conducted on Invisalign trays have not reported any pain from them rubbing against your gums, as traditional braces have. If you do experience discomfort or pain, it’s best to contact your dentist in Federal Hill.
Do You Need To Clean Your Aligners?
Just like your teeth, it’s important to regularly clean your aligners to keep plaque and bacteria from building up on them. Be sure to soak your aligners for 15 to 30 minutes in either denture cleaner, special cleaning crystals, or a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar regularly. This will keep them from becoming cloudy and help sanitize them.
Additionally, be sure to brush your trays with clear antibacterial soap routinely. Remember to use a soft toothbrush and be gentle so you don’t accidentally scratch them. Keep in mind that before you reinsert your aligners, brush and floss your teeth to prevent bacteria and food from being transferred onto them.
Can You Eat With Your Trays In?
One of the most important rules of keeping up with your aligners is to never eat with them in your mouth. This can cause them to break or crack and set back your treatment time. Before you snack or sit down for a meal, be sure to take your trays out. Remember to brush and floss your teeth after each time you eat or drink anything besides water to keep them clean and germ-free.
While it may take a few days for your mouth to adjust to your new aligners, it’ll be well worth the final results. Taking care of your trays can help maintain your oral health during your treatment and give you a happy and healthy smile for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Betts has over a decade of experiencing improving patient’s smiles. She understands the impact that crooked and misaligned teeth can have on someone’s self-esteem, which is why she enjoys empowering patients with Invisalign treatment. She is an active member of several professional organizations, which allows her to provide her patients with reliable and high-quality care. For questions or to schedule a consultation for Invisalign, visit Harbor East Dental’s website or contact 410-385-9966.