Top Tips for Invisalign | The Oxford Orthodontics Centre

If you’re straightening your teeth with Invisalign you’ve made an excellent choice! Invisalign Clear Aligners straighten teeth discreetly and effectively. By following the treatment plan set by your orthodontist, you can achieve the same results as you would from fixed brace treatment.

Invisalign Clear Aligners work by moving teeth gradually, simply switch the aligners at home for the next set in your sequence. By the end of your treatment, you’ll have teeth you will want to show off!

Invisalign is the go-to treatment if you’re looking for a lifestyle friendly option and below are some useful tips and products that will make your Invisalign journey even better.

Once you have started Invisalign treatment you will soon get into the swing of switching your aligners and the best time to do this is right before bedtime. Your teeth can move into their new position best when the aligner is left in for a long and uninterrupted amount of time. When switching your aligner to the next one in the set they can feel a little tight for the first couple of days. Soft foods such as porridge and pasta are a great choice if you’re feeling a little mouth sensitive and an over-the-counter painkiller takes the edge off any discomfort experienced.

Invisalign ‘Chewies’ are a handy little appliance which will encourage a new aligner into a snug and secure position. Chewies help improve the fit of your Invisalign aligners, so they move your teeth effectively

One of the huge benefits of Invisalign treatment is that you can remove the clear aligners to eat and drink. For optimum results you need to wear your aligners 22 out of 24 hours so a good tip to save that time is to clean them at mealtimes. Simply soak your aligners in a cleaning solution whilst you enjoy your meal. If you are worried about social occasions Invisalign is so flexible that you can adjust the ‘out’ time to allow you to enjoy a special meal or a few drinks. Knowing that you do have a limited time without your aligners in will prevent random snacking though – which is a bonus for the waistline!

In the workplace you may choose to remove your aligners for an important meeting or an interview but if you are worried about monitoring the time your aligners are out, then try TrayMinder. This helpful tool tracks your aligner ‘out’ time and ensures you wear your aligners for the full 22 hours in a 24-hour period. Another lifestyle benefit is that there’s no reason to miss a gym session, you can drink unlimited water without having to remove your aligners, so your workouts needn’t be affected.

Most Invisalign patients prepare a handy travel kit, your Invisalign aligner case will become a trusty companion. It’s a great idea to have a travel mouth wash and dental floss just in case you need to remove your aligner and it’s not convenient to your brush teeth.

For any patients who want to have whiter teeth, whitening toothpastes have been reported to be more effective with the use of Invisalign. Often, the whitening agent is left on your teeth after you brush, but it gets washed away almost immediately. The Invisalign aligners trap the whitening ingredient keeping it in contact with your teeth.

The cost of Invisalign can be more than fixed metal braces due to the technology and research that makes the treatment so advanced. Invisalign is a worthy investment, and we can help you spread the cost of your treatment. Book a FREE initial consultation and we can confirm your exact treatment cost and how much monthly repayments would be with finance.

Finally, remember to keep smiling – because you can! The real benefit of Invisalign is that no one can see you’re straightening your teeth so don’t be afraid to smile.