5 Invisalign Tips and Tricks

Posted on: 9 February 2021

Invisalign braces are an incredibly convenient way to straighten your smile. There is no need to endure the embarrassment or discomfort of "train track" wire braces; instead, you can simply wear Invisalign plastic aligners over your teeth to gradually change their position. Here are a few tips that can help you get used to your new Invisalign aligners and integrate them into your daily life.

1. Carry Your Case Everywhere

Invisalign comes with a case that you can use to store your retainers while you are not wearing them, such as during meals. Get into the habit of carrying this case with you wherever you go. You never know when you might get hungry and want a snack, in which case you will need somewhere safe to store your aligners.

2. Carry Your Toothbrush Too

Putting your aligners back onto teeth that are dirty with traces of food feels gross and can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Get into the habit of carrying a travel toothbrush and toothpaste so you can clean your teeth after you eat and before putting your aligners back in. If you forget, the best thing to do is to rinse your mouth with water to remove the bigger pieces of food and to remember to clean your teeth when you get home.

3. Soak Your Aligners During Meals

Invisalign braces need an occasional soaking in a denture cleaning solution to keep them fresh and free from stains. However, dentists also recommend that you wear your aligners for as many hours a day as possible so they can have the maximum possible effect on your teeth. The best solution is to soak your aligners during meals, when you are not wearing them anyway.

4. Switch to Matte Lipstick

Shiny lip glosses and lipsticks can smudge onto your aligners. Matte lipstick is much less likely to cause embarrassment in this way. For best results, apply the lipstick and then wait for it to dry before you insert your aligners.

5. Switch Your Aligners Before Bed

Invisalign treatment requires you to switch to a new set of aligners periodically so that the pressure exerted on your teeth can be adjusted to bring them into their correct new positions. Many users find that the most comfortable time to switch to a new set of aligners is right before they go to bed. Getting new aligners onto your teeth can be a bit tricky at first, so it makes sense to insert them when you won't need to take them out to eat for several hours.