Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligner trays instead of metal brackets and rubber bands to move your teeth into proper position. To ensure your treatment is as successful as possible, you should be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding how to take care of these aligners.
How Invisalign Works
The clear plastic trays used in Invisalign treatment move your teeth a small amount while you wear them. Each tray is worn for about two weeks, then a new tray replaces it. The trays are custom-made from molds and digital images of your teeth. They are designed to move your teeth in exactly the way you and your orthodontist have planned.
To ensure your treatment is as successful as possible, you should be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding how to take care of these aligners.
Like traditional braces, this treatment can take several months to complete. After treatment is finished, you will wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay where they are meant to be. Without the retainer, your teeth could move back out of alignment.
Care of your Invisalign Trays
In order to get the best results from this treatment, you should wear your aligner trays for at least 22 hours each day. You should also take special precautions to ensure the trays are not damaged during everyday wear. These precautions include:
- Do not wear trays while you are drinking hot beverages, as the heat can distort the tray, changing its shape and making it ineffective
- Do not drink anything other than water while you are wearing your trays
- Do not expose the trays to anything that could stain them
- Rinse trays on a regular basis to remove food particles or beverage residue
Taking proper care of your trays ensures that your treatment will be effective and that your teeth will be properly aligned when you have finished with your last tray. In addition, it helps prevent decay from forming under the trays, and also helps ensure that your teeth will not look stained due to discoloration of the trays. With proper care and usage, your Invisalign trays will help you pave the way to a perfect smile.