Many patients have questions about Invisalign treatment and what is involved in the daily care. Dr Garrett has put together some basic instructions for how to make sure your Invisalign treatment is successful.
General Soreness and Speech
Most people experience soreness for a day or two after starting each new set of aligners. This is normal. It is a sign that the aligners are working and moving your teeth to their final destination. You may take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen(Advil) or Naproxen(Aleve) if necessary. On rare occasions, aligners may temporarily affect your speck slightly. However, as your tongue gets used to having the aligners in the mouth, any minor disturbance in normal speech caused by the aligners will disappear within the first week. Read out loud for 5 to 10 minutes for the first day or two and this will help you get your speech back to normal. The more your wear your aligners, the quicker you will feel normal again.
We suggest that you remove your aligners when eating and drinking. It is ok to drink plain water with them in. Remove your aligners just before you eat and/or drink as sugars and acids become trapped between aligners and teeth, which can cause tooth decay and other problems. Make sure you brush or rinse well with water before putting your aligners back in so food and sugars are not trapped on your teeth.
Important things to Know
You must wear your aligners 22 hours a day, unless you are told otherwise by Dr. Garrett.
You should change your aligners every 2 weeks (14 days). Do not change sooner or your teeth will become very sensitive and your aligners will not work as they should. Dr. Garrett recommends that new stages be placed after the last evening brushing and not removed until the next morning. If you find that you are ready to change, and you do not have the new set, do not panic! Keep wearing your current aligners until your next appointment. If you have lost or damaged your aligners, please call us right away. You can move back to the previous set or we may instruct you to move forward, depending on where you are in treatment. But please call us so we can discuss.
Wearing and Using your Aligners
Daily Care and Maintenance of Aligners:
Here is a printable version of these instructions: Invisalign Instructions
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