Have you just received your first tray of aligners? I am sure you are excited about your journey to a new and improved smile! Invisalign is a more comfortable and subtle treatment alternative to traditional braces. However, some initial discomfort and awkwardness while adjusting to the aligners is common.
Keep in mind that a portion of the success of your Invisalign treatment depends on you!
Establishing a consistent and healthy oral hygiene routine early on is crucial to achieving the smile that you have always wanted. Here are some of our tips to help you survive your first week with Invisalign!
Manage the Pain
Unfortunately, you may feel pain in your teeth and jaws as the aligners slowly force your teeth into position. We recommend performing chewing exercises a few times per day, as well as every time you reinsert the aligners into your mouth. This activity will help your aligners fit your teeth better as well as provide some pain relief.
Protect Your Mouth
The plastic edges on clear aligners may feel jagged or sharp in the beginning. It is normal to experience soreness in your mouth early on in your treatment journey and when you move onto new aligner trays. To help combat any discomfort, you can apply dental wax to the areas that are bothering you. If that does not help, you can ask your dental care provider to file down your trays. We also recommend investing in a peroxide-based mouthwash to help heal and relieve any minor oral irritations. Please consult with your dentist with any questions you may have!
Note Your Wear Time
It can take a little while to adjust to your Invisalign trays, but just like all habits, it will become second nature to you over time. We recommend taking your Invisalign with you when you eat so that you are less likely to forget to put them back in. You can also use apps on your phone to set reminders.
Remove Your Aligners Carefully
As your treatment progresses and the trays get tighter, you may find the trays too tricky to remove with your fingers. You can ask your dental care provider for an appliance specially designed to make tray removal easier.
Clean Your Trays Daily
You should clean your trays daily so that they do not accumulate bacteria and stay clear. Many patients make the mistake of using the same toothbrush for both their teeth and aligners. Leftover toothpaste can leave a cloudy film on your aligners over time, so make sure to have a separate soft-bristled toothbrush for them. We also recommend an aligner soaking solution for thorough cleaning.
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