One thing about Invisalign treatment is that your clear aligners will be with you everywhere and there will be some things that you should know to make life a little easier. Our Victoria dentists share some tips about some things you need to know about being on the go with Invisalign.
Invisalign clear aligners are a solution for those seeking orthodontic treatment without any hindrance to their daily routine.
If you choose to go the route of orthodontic treatment life will stay the same for the most part but there are a few things that you should keep in mind while receiving treatment. You will have to brush and floss your teeth more frequently and keep your aligners safe when they are not in your mouth in order to keep them clean and fresh, so there are a few essential items you need to carry with you for the duration of your treatment.
A pouch for bringing everything you need.
The main thing you may want to get is a pouch to keep all of your Invisalign maintenance items in. The pouch should be durable that you can toss in your bag, backpack, desk or locker. You're also going to want the pouch to be zippered, with a lining that's water-resistant (for damp toothbrushes).
The case to keep your clear aligners in.
Your clear aligners should always be kept in a case when you are eating or drinking. Keep the case with you at all times so that you have a safe, clean place to store your aligners while you're eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Those who do not carry their aligner case with them have a higher chance of breaking or damaging their aligners, which will cause delays in treatment while you wait for the tray to be replaced.
Keeps your lips from drying out with lip balm.
Having your favourite lip balm readily available in your pouch will be useful for relieving any dryness you are experiencing on your lips. With orthodontic treatment comes dry lips, especially while you’re getting used to wearing your aligners. Be prepared so you don't experience any added discomfort.
Toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste for cleaning on the go.
Each time you take out your aligners to eat, you should brush and floss your teeth afterward. You really don’t want food particles and debris stuck between your aligners and your teeth for the rest of the day, so be sure you brush and floss thoroughly before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
“Outie” Aligner Removal Tool to make life easier.
Sometimes, your aligners will just be especially tight, particularly when you first switch over to a new set. This handy tool will help you detach your aligner from your teeth in these cases.
Banish bad breath with mints or breath spray.
You can’t chew gum with your Invisalign aligners in place, so if you're concerned about having bad breath, mints or breath spray will help you feel more confident.