More than one patient has come into our office and asked, “What can I do to help my teeth when wearing Invisalign?”
While everyone’s teeth and dental needs are different, there are certain things everyone can do to make wearing their Invisalign aligners a more rewarding experience. Always follow the list of instructions and tips from Dr. Ashlee Weber, and add the following advice to your daily routine.
Continue flossing every day. You should be flossing in any case. But it can be easy to assume that Invisalign will protect your teeth from bacteria. This is not true. Bacteria can get behind the aligners and affect the health of your teeth and gums, so keep up with your flossing schedule.
Follow the 48-hour rule when wearing your aligners. When you insert every new set of aligners, you should leave them in as much as possible during the first 48 hours. Your teeth will move more during this timeframe, and the aligners do the most good during this time.
Biting exercises. When you first get your Invisalign aligners Dr. Weber will give you Invisalign chewies. These are small squishy pieces of plastic that you can use to bite on to help seat your Invisalign aligners. If you notice a tooth that has space between the edge of the tooth and the edge of the Invisalign aligners you will be instructed to do biting exercises in that area to help push the aligner down so that it is fully in place.
You may experience slight discomfort while wearing your Invisalign aligners. You can take a pain reliever to help with the discomfort.
If you are interested in getting Invisalign or learning more about it, please give us a call at our convenient Kansas City or Kearney offices to schedule an appointment.