What to Know When Going Through Invisalign Treatment
Here Is Some Information You Should Know About Invisalign Treatment
Eating and Drinking
Our Victoria BC Dental office advises that you should not eat anything while the Invisalign trays are in your mouth. Eating with the trays in can bend, distort and break the trays, resulting in undesirable tooth movements. You can drink plain (unflavored) water with your trays in, but NOTHING else. If you have anything other than water with your trays in, you can trap bad bacteria around the tray leading to cavities. You will need to brush and floss your teeth before you place your trays in, EVERY TIME.
Clean your trays with your toothbrush, a small amount of toothpaste and water. Brush the trays and rinse them thoroughly every day. Do NOT soak them in mouthwash or denture cleaner. These can breakdown and distort the trays, resulting in poor performance of the trays.
Maintain your regular dental hygiene maintenance appointments. Ensuring good gum and bone health will help the progress of Invisalign treatment. Your dentist will also be able to check to ensure that you are maintaining things well and not developing any cavities. Do not use any whitening products during Invisalign treatment. There will be attachments placed on your teeth which will not lighten, and which will not allow the covered portion of the tooth to lighten. This will lead to a ‘patchy’ appearance to teeth.
It is VERY important for your to brush and floss your teeth before you place your trays in, EVERY TIME. This will ensure that there are no bacteria being trapped around your teeth, which can lead to cavities. That is why your teeth, gums and your trays need to be kept as clean as possible.
Do NOT store your trays in a napkin. Napkins get thrown out, and sometimes trays do too. That why it is always a good idea to keep your trays in the case we provide you when they are not in your mouth. This case will also help keep them safe from pets. Pets will be attracted to the scent of your saliva in the trays and will tend to chew them up, making them unusable.
Wear the trays as much as possible. The most effective tooth movement comes from 20-22 hours of wear a day. That means they should be only taken out to eat, brush and floss and then put back in. You must wear your trays at night. Also, keep your previous set of trays. In case something happens to your current tray, it will give you something to wear to keep your teeth from moving until a replacement set can be ordered.
Getting Towards the End of Treatment
There are multiple phases of treatment. The first phase gets us close to our desired outcome (about 80% of the way). The second (and possibly third) phase will finish the case. The fourth phase is the retainers. Retainers of some sort must be worn after treatment is complete. This will make sure that the teeth stay where we have placed them so that they do not relapse. If they relapse, orthodontic treatment may be required again in the future.
This is some basic information about what you need to know about when going through Invisalign Treatment at our Victoria, BC Dental clinic. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to book a consult, please do not hesitate to contact us today!