Invisalign has many benefits, including a beautiful new smile and teeth-straightening that is practically invisible. Before you or your child moves forward with clear aligner treatment, remember that there will be some slight changes to your day-to-day routine and lifestyle with Invisalign. Here are five considerations to keep in mind prior to starting treatment.
1. Your Speech May Change
Whether you are looking into Invisalign for yourself or for your child, it’s important to know that your speech will change for a while after you first begin treatment. This is because your mouth is adjusting to having something new in it, and it may sound as though you have a lisp initially. This should only last for a few days, after which your mouth will adjust enough for you to resume speaking normally. The more you talk initially, the faster you will adjust to the change.
2. Oral Hygiene Routine Adjustments
While wearing Invisalign, your daily dental care regimen will increase just slightly. This is because you will need to also brush or clean your aligners. It is recommended to brush after every meal so that your aligners aren’t locking food residue or sugars onto your teeth. If brushing is not possible, rinsing your mouth with water before replacing your trays is an acceptable option.
3. Changes to Snacking
As mentioned above, you’ll need to clean your teeth after every meal, and this includes snacking. You’ll also need to remove your aligners every time you eat, which can cut down on the amount of time you wear them every day. You should be wearing them for at least 22 hours every day. If you’re frequently taking them out to snack, it can slow down your treatment time and knock you off schedule.
4. No Sipping
Along with snacking, you also shouldn’t sip anything that isn’t water while wearing your aligners. This is because other beverages can stain them, and it can cause sugars to become trapped under the aligners, causing decay and discoloration.
5. Retainers Are a Must
After treatment, you will still need to wear a retainer to help ensure your teeth stay in place. Retainers should be worn every night. Not wearing your retainers can cause your teeth to begin to shift back to their original spaces, undoing all of your hard work.
If you are considering Invisalign either for yourself or for your child, keep these five things in mind before starting treatment. While lifestyle adjustments are important to straightening your teeth, they are very much worth it and will bring you lifelong smile confidence.
To learn more, call 515-497-7863 or get in touch with your local Des Moines orthodontist here.