If you just got your first set of Invisalign at our Toronto orthodontic office, you might be a little excited or nervous about living with Invisalign. Wearing your Invisalign will be a slight adjustment to what you’re accustomed to, but we have a few tips for our Toronto Invisalign patients to make living with Invisalign even easier than ever. Here are our top tips for wearing Invisalign in Toronto.
Getting Used To Talking With Invisalign
Invisalign is clear and nearly impossible to see, but the people you are close to might notice something different about you while you’re wearing Invisalign, at least at the beginning of treatment. Even though Invisalign is clear thin and hardly noticeable, you may have a slight lisp when you first start wearing them. Your friends and family may notice the lisp but don’t worry, after a while you will get used to talking with Invisalign, and your lisp will disappear.
The 22-Hour Rule
One of the main reasons our Toronto orthodontic office loves Invisalign so much is because of how effective they are. Typically we see shorter treatment times for patients who are wearing Invisalign when compared to traditional braces. There is one caveat to this though; it only is quicker if you wear them for 22 hours or more a day. This means all day every day unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth, which you should be doing after you eat too. If you don’t wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day your treatment time will drastically lengthen.
Invest in Travel Toothbrushes… a Lot of Travel Toothbrushes
This tip is one of the harder parts about wearing Invisalign. Every time you eat or drink anything other than water you need to brush your teeth if you’re wearing Invisalign. If you don’t brush your teeth, bacteria can build up more easily between your aligner and your teeth causing plaque to develop more quickly. Because of this, we highly suggest buying a lot of travel sized toothbrushes and keeping them everywhere. Keep them in your purse, your pocket, your desk at work, the car, your friend’s house, their friend’s house, anywhere that you might be eating you should have at least one travel toothbrush.
You Might Lose a Little Weight
This is a benefit for some people and a disadvantage for others. When we see our Toronto Invisalign patients come in for a new set of aligners one of the more common things we hear is “I’ve lost weight because of Invisalign!” Now this doesn’t happen to everyone, but we do see some people lose a few pounds because they would rather leave their aligners in than have a snack in the middle of the day.
Watch What you Drink
One of the more common mistakes we see with our newer Toronto Invisalign wearers is drinking liquids that can easily stain your teeth and Invisalign aligners. Drinks like red wine, coffee, and tea are highly acidic and can discolor your teeth and your aligners. If you ever want to enjoy a glass of wine or your morning cup of joe, just make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners before taking a sip.
Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean
Just like your teeth, your Invisalign aligners will have bacteria grow on them over time. Unlike your teeth, you shouldn’t use toothpaste on your Invisalign aligners. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive, which means if used on an Invisalign aligner, it can make micro-scratches on the surface which will eventually turn yellow. We suggest using either denture cleaning tablets or Invisalign’s cleaning crystals at least once a week to clean your Invisalign aligners.
Get Started With Invisalign in Toronto Today
Now that you’re an expert in how to get the most out of Invisalign, contact City Orthodontics today! We’re Toronto’s Invisalign experts and are here to get you started on your treatment plan or simply answer any questions you may have about Invisalign or our other orthodontic treatments. We hope to hear from you soon!