Having an unsightly smile can affect your everyday life and self-confidence. The last thing you would want is to have visible metal to make your smile even more noticeable. With Invisalign, that is the last of your worries. Invisalign is the “clear” alternative to metal braces that will straighten your smile! It is important to follow the set instructions and guidelines given by our dental professionals in order for the treatment to be effective.
Your First Aligners Have Arrived
Your first aligners have arrived and it is time to start your Invisalign process. The Invisalign trays work by forcing your teeth to shift to begin straightening them out. It is normal to experience slight pain or discomfort during your first few days as your teeth begin to shift. The good news is that the pain and discomfort subside as you get used to your teeth shifting.
To help ease or reduce the pain, it is advised to practice biting and chewing exercises. These exercises help massage your gums and stimulate blood flow to your mouth, which is a natural pain reliever. Chewing exercises also help to secure your Invisalign trays by creating a tight fit for maximum tooth movement.
Inserting and Removing Invisalign Trays
Believe it or not, there is an actual proper way to insert and remove your Invisalign trays. Inserting and removing your new trays may be challenging at first. First, you’ll want to make sure you have to correct aligners for your upper and lower arches. When inserting, you will begin by pushing the tray on your front-most teeth and then apply the same pressure to your back teeth. It is important to never bite your tray into place.
When removing your trays, you must start on the side of your mouth using your fingertips on the inside of your molars to gently remove the tray from your tooth. Repeat on the other side of your mouth and once the tray is removed from your molars you can gently remove it from your mouth.
Will My Aligners Affect My Speech?
In order for Invisalign to work properly, you must wear your trays every day for at least 20 hours a day. When using your new Invisalign trays for the first time, it will take time to adjust to your new trays and you may notice a slight change in your speech. That is nothing to worry about, a slight change in speech is completely normal and will take a little bit of practice to get used to.
How Will I Eat With Invisalign?
Unlike metal braces, with Invisalign, you can enjoy all the foods you like to eat. Your aligners are extremely durable, however, they are not indestructible. You must remove your trays when eating or drinking anything but water. Hard chewing and biting can break or crack your Invisalign trays. In addition to removing your trays before eating or drinking, it is important to brush and floss your teeth before re-inserting your trays to prevent any food particles from getting trapped.
Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry!
If you are looking to straighten your smile, consult with one of our elite specialists here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry. Our specialists perform a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. We are proud to ensure the best possible treatment plans to our patients to provide a healthier smile at prices they can afford. For more information about Invisalign, call (212) 581-1091.