Helpful info you should know when you're living with Invisalign.
Follow these considerations during treatment to make life more enjoyable.
Soothing General Soreness
When you get your Invisalign clear aligners, you may feel general soreness. Your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Relieve this by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse vigorously.
Sometimes patients get ulcers or sores inside the mouth. If this happens, use a half and half mixture of liquid Maalox and liquid Benadryl. Simply take equal parts (~1tsp each), swish for 1 minute and rinse. Do this several times a day for several days. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated from the edges of the aligners. They will toughen and become accustomed to them in two to three days. You can use either an emery board, nail buffer block or Comfort Brace™ or wax to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Drinking with Invisalign
You'll be removing your clear aligners when you eat. However, clear aligner patients have to be more careful than braces patients when choosing their beverages. Unless you're drinking water, it's better to use a straw when drinking something with your aligners on. Acidic drinks containing lots of sugar or carbohydrate can be very dangerous to your teeth when using clear aligners. Also, be careful when drinking extra hot beverages as they can distort the plastic.
Beverages to Avoid:
Energy Drinks Sports Drinks Soda Pop
Caring for Your Invisalign
To successfully complete your treatment plan, you must work together with your orthodontist. Teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions when patients consistently wear their appliances and elastics as prescribed. Be sure to use your chewies or aligner seaters and massage your aligners into place every time they're inserted.
Brushing with Aligners
It’s important to brush and floss regularly when you're using Invsialign clear aligners. This keeps teeth and gums healthy for life after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may need more frequent visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. Adults who have a history of gum disease will benefit seeing their periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.
Don’t worry if one of your attachments comes off. This happens sometimes and it not to be considered an emergency. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to replace your attachment. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. We recommend a protective mouthguard for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and attachments immediately. If teeth are loosened or the attachments are damaged, phone us for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.