Our Invisalign guide from Dee Kay Dental
You have been assessed for invisible aligners and have been given the go ahead from our team. Great stuff!
While invisible aligners are renowned for being more comfortable and easier to use for our patients, there is a lot to be said for adjusting to them. It can be quite tricky to wear invisible aligners for many patients, which can lead to a lower compliance rate.
At Dee Kay Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our patients Invisalign in Sheffield. But we know how hard it can be during those first 2 weeks of wear, and have devised a user guide to adapting to this world-famous aligner. We know the benefits that this aligner can offer and don’t want you to give up on getting that straighter smile you deserve.
What are some of our key survival tips for using Invisalign in Sheffield? Read on to find out!
Small toothbrushes are a must
When you are out and about with your aligners, you will need to be aware of when you take them out to eat; before you put them back in, your teeth will need a quick brush.
This is to prevent your Invisalign in Sheffield from pushing food debris and bacteria against your teeth, which can cause cavities.
Aligners are comfortable but, as they have been 3D printed, they also have sharp plastic edges, especially when they are placed in your mouth and are rubbing against your inner cheeks and tongue.
So, we recommend using dental wax to blunt that sharpness, to allow you to wear the aligners with minimal friction and soreness.
Carry cases are important
It can be all too tempting when you are out and about to simply throw your aligners into your bag.
But, in order to keep them in top-notch condition and to keep them intact, you should use the carry cases which are provided. This will prevent warping, damage and will keep the aligners clean.
Set alarms on your phone
To get the most from your aligners, you will need to keep them in your mouth for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
Those 2 hours free from the wearing of your aligners should be used to eat food or clean your teeth and so, you will need to keep an eye on the clock or better yet, set an alarm on your phone. If you keep the aligners out of your mouth for more than 2 hours per day, you run the risk of your misaligned teeth relapsing or a delay in the treatment.
Invest in pain relief
While invisible aligners are more comfortable than metal ones, you may be surprised at how they feel when they are moving your teeth.
And as there is no such thing as a completely pain-free orthodontic appliance, you will need to invest in some over-the-counter pain relief, especially in the first 2 days after you have changed between aligners.
If you are in excessive levels of discomfort however, you must contact our team.