Living with Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign is a hugely popular way to straighten teeth because it uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible instead of metal braces. The aligners can achieve very good results when correcting numerous common orthodontic problems, straightening teeth and closing or minimizing unsightly spaces between them.

If you have been considering Invisalign in Whitby, you’ve probably wondered what treatment will be like and the possible impact on day-to-day life. One of the reasons why Invisalign is so popular is because the aligners are very easy to live with, and any impact on everyday life is minimal.

Playing Sports with Invisalign
Although Invisalign aligners are made from tough plastic material, they aren’t meant to be mouthguards. If you do play sports, it’s best to remove your aligners and to make sure you wear your normal sports mouthguard to protect your teeth. Afterwards, be sure to replace your aligners as soon as you can so you don’t impact the treatment.

Talking with Invisalign
When you start to wear any new dental appliance, it can slightly impact your speech. Initially, after you first start treatment, you might notice your speech sounds a little different as your tongue is still becoming accustomed to your aligners. Some people find they have a slight lisp during the first few days but this quickly disappears and you will soon be talking normally.

Playing a Musical Instrument with Invisalign
If you play a woodwind or brass musical instrument, it’s probably easiest to take out your Invisalign aligners in Oshawa while you play. It’s fine to remove your aligners for a short while, but do make sure you keep them in for at least 22 hours each day.

Kissing with Aligners
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so there is every chance your kissing partner will not notice any change. If they do comment, be sure to tell them that it’s more comfortable to kiss with aligners than conventional fixed braces.

Eating and Drinking with Invisalign
When it comes to enjoying food and beverages, Invisalign treatment has no impact whatsoever as you take out the aligners before you have anything. It’s one of the reasons why this system is so popular because, with conventional fixed braces, it’s necessary to change your diet quite a bit. If you have fixed braces, you must avoid anything very crunchy, hard or sticky that could become stuck between your braces or which could damage the brackets or wires. With Invisalign in Ajax, there are no such restrictions. You can enjoy whatever you like but make sure you remove your aligners beforehand. After you have finished eating and drinking, brush your teeth thoroughly before replacing your aligners.

Cleaning Your Aligners
When you receive your aligners, we will talk to you about how to keep them clean and fresh. There are several ways you can clean the trays as Invisalign has a special cleaning kit, or we can show you other ways to keep them clean. It’s critical to make sure you clean your teeth before wearing your aligners as otherwise, food and plaque bacteria become trapped against your teeth and are more likely to cause dental disease including tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly before replacing your aligners will prevent this from happening. When you take care of your aligners properly, they shouldn’t smell but if you fail to care for them correctly, they can develop an unpleasant odour. If you notice you have bad breath while wearing your aligners, it may be time to step up your oral care routine.

Most people find Invisalign aligners very comfortable and easy to use, but if you do have any problems or questions, be sure to contact us here at Margolian Dentistry.

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