Published on October 10, 2022, Updated on January 11, 2023
Invisalign are clear plastic orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth, correct crowding and spacing problems, and treat bad bites. The most important Invisalign aftercare tip for preserving your new smile is to wear your retainers. Even after you have finished your clear aligners treatment, there is still a possibility that your teeth will revert back to their original positions if you don’t use retainers.
What Happens Once Invisalign Treatment Is Done?
Every aligner puts pressure on the teeth to move them. It has a little space where the tooth can move into. After completing your Invisalign treatment, your teeth ought to look straight. Your teeth shouldn’t be overcrowded. There also shouldn’t be big gaps between your teeth. In conclusion, you should have properly aligned teeth when you smile.
7 Tips For A Healthy Smile After Invisalign
Here are 7 helpful tips that will help you preserve your new smile after Invisalign treatment.
1. Wear a Retainer
You must use a retainer after finishing your Invisalign treatment to maintain the new alignment of your smile. Retainers are customized orthodontic devices made to keep the teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. They are often made of clear plastic. Your teeth will shift back to their original positions if you don’t use your retainer after having Invisalign aligners.
2. Brush and Floss Regularly
Throughout your treatment, you must keep up your regular brushing and flossing routine to keep your aligners clean and prevent dental health problems. Additionally, we recommend brushing your teeth as soon as possible after each meal to prevent food particles from adhering to your aligners.
3. Clean Your Mouth Thoroughly
You must maintain good oral hygiene by giving your teeth and mouth a daily, thorough cleaning. Make sure to get rid of any food particles that may be lodged in your teeth. To make sure your entire mouth is clean, you can also rinse with clean water or mouthwash.
4. Avoid Troublesome Foods
When getting Invisalign treatment, it’s advised to avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods. This is because it’s possible that some of it could get stuck on your teeth even after you’ve brushed or flossed. Caramel, jawbreakers, chewing gum, licorice, jelly beans, popcorn, almonds, and hard candies are a few examples of hard and sticky foods.
5. Clean Your Retainer
The simplest way to ensure that retainers are clean is to soak them in denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals every day. On the other hand, using a toothbrush and clear liquid soap to clean and wash retainers is the least expensive way to maintain them. White vinegar can also be used because it deodorizes your retainers while removing plaque and bacteria.
6. Visit your Doctor Regularly
Patients should generally go to the dentist every six weeks. Your dentist will make sure your aligners are working effectively during your appointments.
7. Keep an Eye on Your Teeth
You should begin to notice some obvious changes in your smile during the middle of your Invisalign treatment. If you don’t see any changes, you should talk about this with your dentist or orthodontist. There are many potential causes for the delay in your Invisalign treatment.