Are you getting Invisalign trays? Invisalign is a fantastic way to straighten your teeth since the trays aren't noticeable. Eating and brushing your teeth is also super easy because the trays can be removed. However, like any orthodontic device, you need to take good care of your trays. Here are some good practices to follow to make the most out of your treatment.
Keep The Invisalign Trays in All Day
Because Invisalign trays are removable, it can be tempting to take them out for just a little bit. You should refrain from doing so—unless you are eating or brushing your teeth. Some patients are tempted to take out the trays when they feel tooth pressure; this slight discomfort is normal and means your teeth are shifting to their correct positions.
Invisalign trays are supposed to be worn day and night. If you take them out to much, then your teeth won't correct themselves, which means your treatment will take longer.
Keep the Tray in a Safe Place During Meals
Some patients set their trays on a napkin or on a plate. If you do this, you may accidentally throw away the trays or scrape them into the garbage when you are done eating. If your dentist hasn't given you one already, ask him or her for a tray case. These cases are similar to mouthguard cases and do a good job of holding and protecting the trays.
Besides storing your trays in a case, make sure to keep them in a cool area. The trays are heat sensitive and will warp if they are left in a warm area. Even if the warping is slight, these alterations can be enough to affect your shifting teeth.
Clean the Trays Correctly
You may quickly brush your trays, but this will not disinfect them. It's vitally important for the trays to be thoroughly cleaned each day because debris could be trapped against your enamel when you wear them.
Your dentist can usually provide you with a cleaning agent or recommend one from the store. Some dentists allow cleaners that work on retainers or dentures. But again, it's important that you ask for a specific brand recommendation, as some cleaners may be too strong and stain the trays. When in doubt, use official Invisalign cleaning crystals, which keep the trays both sanitary and clear.
For more specific care instructions about your Invisalign trays, talk with a dentist in your area.