How Do I Care For My Smile During Treatment?

When choosing to address misalignment with the Invisalign system, most people focus on the end goal: A beautiful, even smile. But what about life while wearing the clear plastic aligners? How do you care for your smile during treatment? You may be surprised to learn how much of our routine will stay the same, and also what will change when wearing your clear aligners.

Frequently Asked Questions About Caring for Smiles During Treatment

Question: How do I brush my teeth and floss?

Answer: With braces, even simply brushing and flossing your teeth can be difficult. Fortunately, with Invisalign you can simply remove the aligners before you do so. You should still brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Doing so can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, protecting your oral health while your teeth are repositioned.

Question: Should I avoid certain foods?

Answer: When wearing metal orthodontics, you will need to avoid chewy foods that can become stuck in your braces, or hard foods that could potentially damage them. However, since you can remove them aligners prior to your meal, you don’t need to change how you eat! Although, we do recommend removing them and rinsing your mouth with water if you’re drinking sodas.

Question: How often can I remove them?

Answer: While being able to remove your orthodontics is very convenient, be sure you aren’t doing so too much. You still need to wear them for between 20 and 23 hours per day to see optimal results in the shortest timeframe. Removing them for meals, brushing/flossing your teeth, or special occasions is okay, but don’t overdo it!

Question: Will I need to see the dentist regularly?

Answer: You will need to see the dentist, but definitely not as often as you would for metal braces!

Do You Have Questions About the Invisalign System?

Would you like to learn more about to expect in your day-to-day life with clear aligners? Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.