How Do You Keep Your Smile Healthy During Treatment?

When you wear metal braces, you need to alter a few facets of your daily life. Metal orthodontics can complicate how and what you eat, as well as how you care for your smile. But how does Invisalign alter your routines? How do you care for your smile during treatment? You may be surprised to learn just how little clear aligners can impact your day-to-day routines.

Frequently Asked Questions About Caring for Smiles During Treatment

Question: Should I still be brushing a usual?

Answer: Yes! Remember, you can simply remove the aligners before you clean your teeth. You don’t need to work around metal orthodontics. Which means you should continue to clean your teeth when you wake up and before going to bed. Each time, you should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth to properly clean them.

Question: How often should I floss?

Answer: You should floss every night before going to bed. Flossing is even more important because it reaches the spaces between the teeth, which food particles can become trapped in and which toothbrushes often can’t reach. Flossing and brushing can help reduce plaque buildup, prevent decay and gingivitis, and keep your smile brighter.

Question: Should I care how I eat or drink?

Answer: With braces, you need to avoid hard or chewy foods, as these could become stuck in the orthodontics or even damage them. However, since you can take your aligners out before meals, you can eat as you did before. However, we suggest rinsing your mouth with water before putting your aligners back in if you drink soda or consume candy.

Question: When should I see the dentist?

Answer: You will see your dentist regularly for exams and checkups and to ensure your aligners are working correctly (and being worn as recommended!). These visits are vital, so try not to delay them!

Ready to Try Invisalign?

If you would like to enjoy a more attractive and even smile, then talk to our team today about Invisalign. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.