Invisalign trays are easier and more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. However, they still require some special care and considerations in order to get the best results from your treatment. Taking care of your trays and making sure you wear them properly will help ensure that your new smile is the best it can possibly be.
Taking Care Of Your Invisalign Aligner Trays
Invisalign trays are made of rigid, clear plastic. The plastic is fairly durable, but it’s still important to take care of it. If the tray is damaged or warped, this can affect its ability to properly reposition your teeth. If it becomes stained, it can adversely affect the look of your smile while you’re wearing it.
Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your Invisalign trays. These instructions will include:
- Clean your trays after eating or drinking
- Avoid drinking hot beverages while wearing your trays, as the heat can warp the plastic
- Avoid biting or chewing on items that could damage the plastic tray
- Avoid foods or beverages that could stain the trays, as this will give your teeth a discolored appearance
You should also be sure to wear your trays at least twenty-two hours every day. This includes while you are sleeping. Before you go to bed, you can remove the tray to brush it, then replace it in your mouth. This will help remove plaque, food particles, or lingering sugars that could attract bacteria.
Advantages of Invisalign
In spite of these specific guidelines for caring for your trays, Invisalign trays are generaly easier to care for and more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. The trays are made of smooth plastic, so they don’t hurt or cut your lips or tongue. There are no wires, so you don’t have to worry about using wax to protect your mouth. They can also be removed for short periods of time or for special occasions.
To receive the greatest benefit and the best results from your Invisalign treatment, be sure to follow all the instructions and recommendations provided by your dentist. At the end of your treatment, you will have a smile you can be truly proud of.
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