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Important Dos and Don’ts for Invisalign

July 19, 2016

Important Dos and Don’ts for Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for folks who want to straighten their teeth and it’s normal for people to want to know more before they decide they’re the right choice. Whether you’re already using them successfully or are just considering them, these dos and don’ts will help ensure anyone who wears them gets the most from this innovative option for teeth straightening.

Do: Eat anything you want!

If you choose braces to straighten your teeth you’ll be limited on what foods you can eat. For example, people with braces can’t chew gum, eat sticky foods like caramel, and will need to avoid foods that frequently get stuck in the teeth. That’s not the case with Invisalign. You can eat any food you want including popcorn, chips, and hard candy. Of course, it’s important to brush your teeth regularly – especially if you’re splurging on sugary foods or candies.

Don’t: Wear your Invisalign while you’re eating

While there aren’t any restrictions on what you can eat during the process of your Invisalign teeth straightening, you do need to take off your aligners when you’re actually eating. It’s okay to drink water with them in but if you’re eating, chewing, or drinking anything else you should take them out first. If you don’t, you could cause damage to them – which can be expensive to repair. Store them in a container while you’re eating to keep them clean and sanitary.

Do: Flash the camera your best smile

People wearing traditional orthodontics often feel self-conscious when smiling with their braces on. Even with the new clear braces, they can still be more obvious that people would like. On the other hand, Invisalign is almost completely invisible. You can smile and ham it up for the camera with a bit of insecurity.

Don’t: Put your aligners away dirty

It’s possible for your aligners to get stained but only if you’re not taking good care of them. Every time you eat, brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in – especially if you’re eating or drinking anything that can stain like tea or berries. You’ll also want to clean your aligners themselves. Just use your regular toothbrush and toothpaste on a daily basis. We’ll cover more thorough cleaning below.

Do: Give them a thorough cleaning at least once a week

There are several ways to give them a more thorough deep cleaning. One option is to soak them in a solution of vinegar and water, then rinse them thoroughly before wearing them again. You can also use denture cleaner to get them crystal clear.

Are you consider trying Invisalign? If so, it’s time to contact California Dental Group. We have seven convenient Southern California locations to serve you: Glendale, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Port Hueneme, Tustin, Upland, and Whittier. The staff at each office is highly trained, professional, and ready to discover your hidden smile. Contact us today at (800) 407-0161 to learn more about the services we offer that can help you gain that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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