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Life with Invisalign® Clear Aligners: A User's Guide to Success and Comfort

woman-being-fitted-with-aligner-sq-400If you have recently made the commitment to Invisalign®, the first thing we have to say is congratulations. You are well on your way to straightening your smile through a discreet and world-renowned solution.

Now comes the important part of keeping up with care. Explore how to maximise your Invisalign experience in this user’s guide from The Smile Factory.

How You Can Stay on Target: Stay Consistent

The biggest pitfall to success is inconsistency. Invisalign only works on your teeth when you put it in your mouth.

While there is value in being able to remove your Invisalign, it’s important not to take the ability for flexibility too far.

Your aligners should be on 20-22 hours a day, which means you can’t just wear it when you feel like it. You should wear it at all times, besides mealtimes and when you are brushing and flossing your teeth.

If the temptation to regularly remove your Invisalign becomes strong, find an accountability partner who will keep you honest about keeping it on consistently.

Eating Considerations and Your Oral Hygiene

When you clean your teeth, clean your Invisalign. Each day, food particles and bacteria can get stuck in the fitted structure and affect the planned alignment. Regularly brush your aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them off with lukewarm water.

Try to stick to a healthy diet and remember to remove your aligners while eating or drinking hot liquids. This will limit the potential for staining or damage to the aligners, leading to better results.

Strategies for You to Decrease Discomfort and Speech Changes

When starting with new aligners, discomfort or speech changes are common initially. To ease the transition, try these strategies.

First, consider using dental wax or orthodontic silicone on areas causing irritation, easing the friction between the aligners and your gums. Rinsing with warm salt water can also provide relief.

To deal with speech changes, practice speaking or read aloud to adjust your tongue to the new positioning. In time, your speech becomes more natural.

Ready to Show off Your Sparkling Smile?

Contact The Smile Factory in Broadmeadow to get started with Invisalign.


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