Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear trays made of plastic to shift your teeth into position. With some precautions, these trays remain comfortable to wear and easy to care for. It’s important to avoid hot foods and beverages or foods that will stain while you’re wearing aligner trays.
Taking Care of Aligner Trays
While you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment, you should be sure to take good care of your aligner trays. Your orthodontist will provide you with instructions on how to be sure your trays remain clean and in the right configuration. These instructions typically include:
- Avoid hot foods or beverages that could warp the trays
- Avoid coffee, tea, fruit juices, or other things that could stain the trays
- Clean the trays after each meal
- Drink only water while wearing the trays
- Leave the trays in at least twenty-two hours every day
This might seem like a large number of foods and beverages to avoid, but you can still drink tea and coffee, for example, if you simply remove the trays before indulging. Just be sure to keep track of how long you keep them out. If your trays are off your teeth for too long during your treatment, your teeth won’t move at the rate they’re supposed to, and your treatment will be less likely to succeed.
The choice to treat your misalignment with Invisalign depends on what type of misalignment you have and how your orthodontist feels it should be treated. Invisalign can be used for a wide range of alignment issues, but in some cases more traditional braces are more appropriate.
Clear aligner trays often appeal to adults who need orthodontic work because they are comfortable and virtually invisible. Though change is incremental, as it is with traditional braces, you’ll be able to see your progress more clearly after the first few weeks of treatment because you can remove the trays for short periods. If you have alignment issues and need orthodontic work, be sure to ask your orthodontist about Invisalign by calling 469-606-2696 today.