Posted July 6, 2017.
Yes you actually have to wear them
For Invisalign to be effective you have to keep the aligners on for at least 20 hours a day, this means meals become power meals. Make sure you’re ready for the commitment before taking the Invisalign leap!
It’s not the right treatment for everyone
Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues, like crooked teeth, minor over/under bites or even gaps. Ultimately it’s a case of how long you are willing to do the treatment. Patients with more severe cases may get quicker results with metal braces surgery. Doctor Andolino is here to consult and advise the best treatment for you.
Your Travel Toothbrush will become your best friend
Invest in a few toothbrushes! You will need to use one in between meals, so your meals don’t linger in your mouth longer than it needs to. Assuming you eat at least three times a day, you will need your travel toothbrush at least 21 instances in a single week.
You’ll have to limit your morning coffees
We recommend you limit the consumption of anything that will stain your teeth – coffee, red wine, tea – will stain your Invisalign. You will also have to factor coffee into your allotted time to eat and you always have to brush before you put your Invisalign trays back in.
You might lose weight
Mindless eating just is not an option when you’re using Invisalign. You have to brush your teeth after every meal, so when you get that 2pm snack craving, you’re forced to stop and ask yourself “Is it REALLY worth it?” You will become acutely aware of your senseless snacking, you will have more energy and sugar crashes will be a thing of the past!
Cleaning them with toothpaste is a no-no
Murky, yellow Invisalign tray is VERY noticeable. This can happen if you don’t brush post-meal, but it can also happen if you wash your Invisalign tray with toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can cause buildup and odor. Wash your tray with mild detergent or soap instead.
It’s 100% percent it
We see people that undergo Invisalign treatment become more confident because their teeth no longer bother them. They are strong advocates of good oral hygiene, devoted flossers and mindful eaters.