Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
If you're concerned about a misaligned bite, gaps between your teeth, or crowded teeth, orthodontic treatment can solve your concerns. Many people choose Invisalign treatment because they prefer the discreet nature of these clear aligners. Here are four things you should know about Invisalign treatment if you're interested in using it:
1. You may need attachments.
Invisalign treatment primarily uses clear aligners to shift your teeth into a better position in your mouth. If your teeth are significantly misaligned, you may be given Invisalign attachments to make the treatment more effective. Attachments are made from the same composite resin used for dental fillings. They look like small bumps, and your dentist will apply them to the outside of your teeth. These attachments provide more leverage for your clear aligners, making your aligners more effective.
2. You can remove your aligners for two hours each day.
You need to keep your clear aligners in your mouth as much as possible. Your treatment will progress faster if you keep your aligners on your teeth for at least 22 hours each day. You will need to remove your aligners to eat and care for your teeth. Some people find the process of removing the clear aligners uncomfortable, especially since your teeth will be tender from the treatment. It's a good idea to minimize the amount of snacking you do throughout the day; by sticking to three meals per day, you can avoid taking your aligners off more than necessary.
3. You should avoid staining beverages.
During your treatment, you'll be able to drink beverages while wearing your clear aligners. However, you should avoid beverages that can cause stains. Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain your attachments. Attachments that have taken on a brownish hue can be more noticeable and less attractive. If possible, try to minimize your consumption of dark-colored beverages. When you do have these drinks, brush your teeth as soon as possible.
4. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
You will probably end up brushing your teeth more often while wearing clear aligners since you need to brush your teeth after eating. This prevents pieces of food from getting stuck in your clear aligners. Brushing more often than you're used to can cause gum irritation. You can minimize irritation by using a soft-bristled toothbrush. When you brush your teeth, use a light touch and gentle pressure. You want to avoid irritating the inside of your mouth.