Over a million people have successfully used Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Although times vary, people usually experience great results after about a year of use. Why not make the most of that year and get the best results possible from your Invisalign braces? Here are five tips to help you boost your results and improve your daily experience with Invisalign aligners.
Use Whitening Toothpaste
You’re already helping your smile by straightening your teeth, so why not make the most of this opportunity and whiten your teeth at the same time? You can get dramatic results simply by brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste right before inserting your aligner tray. The whitening ingredients will continue to work while you wear the tray, without any extra effort on your part. Assuming you wear your aligners as directed, you’ll see the effects of this whitening toothpaste much faster than most people, as it will be working 22 hours a day on your teeth.
Any toothpaste designed to whiten your teeth will do the trick. Simply brush after each meal and right before bed. Do not brush your aligner trays with the toothpaste, however, just your teeth. You should start seeing brighter, whiter in just a couple of weeks.
Chew Sugar-free gum After Eating
You probably know that you should brush your teeth after each meal before reinserting your aligner tray. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and you may not always be able to brush in time. If that happens to you, don’t worry. Instead, reach for some sugar-free gum to chew before putting your tray back in.
The sugar-free gum will help to clean your teeth in two crucial ways. First, chewing the gum works to dislodge and remove pieces of food and other debris from your teeth. Second, it activates your salivary glands, making more saliva, which helps to clean your teeth and prevent cavities. The only caveat is that your gum must be 100% sugar-free. Chewing gum or mint that contains sugar will encourage and trap harmful bacteria against your teeth, so keep it sugar-free or forget it.
Put in New Invisalign Trays Before Bedtime
When it’s time to move into a new Invisalign aligner tray, timing is crucial. You can minimize your discomfort and maximize your success by moving into your new tray right before you go to bed. That will make the transition easier, less painful, and more successful.
While you sleep, your mouth will have hours to become accustomed to the new tray without your feeling any difference. You don’t talk, chew, or otherwise move your mouth while sleeping, so there will be less irritation to your gums. The extra saliva that you produce while sleeping will also help keep things comfortable. And, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll be ready to face the day in your new, more comfortable Invisalign trays.
Try Sucking on Ice Cubes
It’s natural to experience some discomfort when you’re wearing your Invisalign aligners, especially when you first put in a new tray. One of the easiest and more efficient ways to soothe this discomfort is by sucking on an ice cube or some crushed ice. The ice will ease your pain and slightly, temporarily, numb your mouth. Also, the ice will reduce swelling by decreasing blood flow to the area, bringing relief to your lips and gums.
Sucking on ice also has added benefits. The melting ice helps to keep your mouth clean, washing away any dirt that has made its way inside. Also, sucking on ice cubes or chips will contribute to keeping you hydrated. You shouldn’t eat or drink anything but water while wearing your Invisalign trays, which can be frustrating to people who are accustomed to snacking. Nibble on some ice instead; unlike regular snacks, ice is calorie-free, so you may end up losing excess weight without any effort, as well as having fresh breath and a happy smile.
Keep on Kissing
Although you have to avoid eating or drinking anything but water while your Invisalign trays are in, you don’t have to stop living. You can talk, laugh, sing, and whistle with no problem while wearing your aligner trays. And, best of all, you can smooch your loved ones without worry.
There are plenty of advantages that come from choosing Invisalign aligners, including convenience, comfort, and style. Make the most of your time wearing Invisalign aligners, but don’t let them get in the way of your living your best life. After all, the best way to show off your new and improved teeth is by smiling!