If you're looking for a way to straighten your teeth that's both discreet and affordable, look no further than Invisalign. Invisalign utilizes a set of clear aligners to gently shift your teeth into a more optimal position. It can give you the same results as traditional braces without all the metal and fixative. If you've decided to use clear aligners to straighten your teeth, here are four things you can do to make them more convenient:
1. Carry your Invisalign case at all times.
It's important that you wear your clear aligners as much as possible for best results, but you will still have to take them out for meals and snacks. Save yourself the hassle of looking for a clean, safe place to put your aligners; carry a hard plastic case with you at all times. A brightly colored retainer case is easy to find, so you won't ever have to go looking for it. You can even decorate your case with stickers to express your personality.
2. Use denture cleaning tablets.
It's important to keep your clear aligners clean, since they can accumulate plaque just like your teeth do. Brushing your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help to remove plaque and other unwanted substances. If you don't have time to brush your clear aligners one day, you can soak it in denture cleaner for an hour instead. Just make sure you don't make this a habit since brushing your aligners is still the best way to remove unwanted bacteria and plaque.
3. Make wearing aligners a habit.
Your Invisalign treatment will be over sooner if you wear your aligners whenever you aren't eating. However, you may find it difficult to remember to put them back in your mouth after removing them. The easiest way to solve this problem is by making it a habit. Every time you finish a meal or snack, put your aligners back in immediately. Soon it will be second nature, and you won't have to think about it at all.
4. Make water your beverage of choice.
Out of all the beverages you can drink, water is definitely the healthiest. It's also the most convenient for someone wearing Invisalign. Drinking hot beverages such as tea and coffee can make the plastic of your clear aligners more malleable, which isn't a good thing. Choosing to drink water means you'll spend less time removing and replacing your clear aligners.