Living with Invisalign – What You Can Expect

Invisalign – An Effective Alternative

Invisalign aligners are a highly effective alternative to use instead of metal braces. The majority of patients will be able to achieve the same or better results using the clear aligners than they could with wires and brackets. Invisalign aligners are easily removable, unobtrusive, and clear. If you are thinking about choosing Invisalign as your preferred form of treatment, the following are some fast answers to some of the more common questions about what living with Invisalign is like.

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What Can I Do with My Sports Guard?

Although Invisalign aligners do help to straighten your teeth, they do not protect them. So, don’t think that your aligners can work as a sports guard as well. If you do play contact sports, the best thing to do is take out your Invisalign aligners while you are playing your sport and get a sports guard that has been designed to protect your teeth and wear that. That will help to protect your teeth while you are playing your sport and prevent your aligners from getting damaged also.

Does Wearing Invisalign Effect What I Can Drink and Eat?

No, Invisalign does not impact what you drink and eat. That is one of the best reasons why you should choose Invisalign over the other treatment options that are available. Although taffy, popcorn, and sticky treats may get stuck in the wires and brackets of braces, you won’t have these kinds of problems when you have Invisalign. The aligners can be removed at any time. Simply pop them out before eating a meal and then carefully brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in.  

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Will I Still Be Able to Play an Instrument If I Have Invisalign?

Since you can remove Invisalign, all you need to do is take out your aligners if they make it hard to play your instrument. You will probably find that it is easiest to take out your aligners while you are playing if you play a brass or woodwind instrument. That is fine to do as long as you keep your aligners in for 20 to 22 hours per day.

What About Kissing?

Although this may be an awkward question for some to ask, it is a valid one none-the-less. You don’t need to worry about being able to kiss when you are using Invisalign. Your aligners will be barely noticeable inside your mouth.

Aligners fit close to your teeth and are smooth. They will not dislodge as you are kissing someone. Although you might be tempted to take out your aligners, try to only do that on special occasions. They need to stay in for as many hours as you possibly can each day in order to get the best results.

Will Invisalign Change the Way I Talk?

During the first couple of days that you are wearing Invisalign, you might notice slight changes in your speech. It will take a bit of time for your tongue to get used to your new device inside of your mouth. At first, you might have a slight lisp, but this will usually go away. Usually, you will be speaking normally once again very shortly.

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What Can I Do to Keep the Aligners Clean?

There are two main steps that you need to take to keep Invisalign aligners clean. The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that your mouth stays clean. After every meal and every snack, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. If you don’t brush then bacteria, plaque, and food will get in your tray. Because aligners sit very close to the teeth, hazards can be trapped right next to your teeth and gum line and that can cause a lot of damage. To prevent this, make sure to keep your teeth clean. 

The second thing that you need to do is make sure that you clean your aligner when it is out of your mouth. There are several different ways that you can do this. The aligner trays can be soaked in a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar, Polident denture cleaner, a 50-50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, or in clear mouthwash. A cleaning kit is also sold by Invisalign designed specifically for your aligners. Whatever method you decide to use, be sure to use it on a daily basis to prevent the aligner tray from becoming discoloured. 

Do Invisalign Aligners Have A Smell?

No, as long as you take proper care of your Invisalign aligners, the shouldn’t smell. If there is an odour to your aligners, that means that you are not cleaning your trays or teeth as thoroughly as you need to do. To eliminate any smell, clean more thoroughly.

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Will Aligners Cause Me to Have Bad Breath?

As long as your Invisalign aligners are properly cared for, they don’t do anything bad to your breath. As discussed earlier, if the trays have any unpleasant odour, then you might want to improve your oral hygiene regimen. You should be brushing your teeth at least several times a day when you have Invisalign, so you should actually have fresher breath than if you just brushed twice a day.

As you can see from what we’ve covered, Invisalign is a very comfortable alternative to wearing traditional braces.

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