Everyone wants that beautiful, movie star smile. The question is, how committed are you? What many people fail to realize is that achieving and maintaining a gorgeous smile requires a lot of time and dedication.
You probably know that one of the most effective ways to achieve that perfect smile is though Invisalign. This process is fairly quick and results in unbelievably straight teeth. However, the ultimate success of the treatment is directly correlated with the patient’s adherence to the orthodontist’s orders. If this is something you are confused about, read on. Here are some tips on how you can get a red carpet smile with Invisalign.
It’s All In The Aligners
If you are not wearing your aligners for 22 hours per day then you are doing it wrong. As per the standard treatment plan, you should only remove your aligners when it’s time to eat or brush. This is because your teeth shift without the aligners holding them in place. If they shift too much, your dentist will have to take a new impression and build a new set of aligners, which will cost you more money and time in the long run.
The Importance of Chewies
Chewies are circular pieces of plastic that press your aligners against your teeth. The most noticeable signs that you should be using chewies are air pockets between your aligners and your teeth. If you notice this, bite the chewies for about 10 minutes, taking care to do so at least three times every day. This not only helps with air pockets, it also expedites the overall time it takes to recover.
Save Your Previous Set Of Aligners
Save your previous set of aligners whenever you get a new pair. This way, if the new pair breaks, gets lost, or becomes damaged then you have a way of ensuring that your teeth do not drift too much while the new set is being made.
Brushing and Flossing
Just because you are wearing aligners does not mean you should neglect brushing and flossing. On the contrary, those things are more important than ever. Where brushing is concerned, It is fine to adhere to your daily routine of brushing, flossing, using mouth wash, and finishing off with a tongue scraper, just make sure not to get lazy or neglectful. In addition to cleaning your teeth, be sure to clean your aligners too.