With Invisalign, you can rely on the aligners to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to helping you achieve the smile you want. However, your role is not exactly carefree. To achieve success with this dental treatment, there are certain things that you must do. Learn about some of the mistakes to avoid.
Not Committing Long-Term
Avoid entering this treatment regimen with the idea of instant results in mind. To achieve the smile you want, it will take some time for the treatment to work, which could end up being a timeframe similar to braces. The more prepared you are for the length of the treatment beforehand, the less frustrated you will feel if you do not see an instant change in your smile.
Neglecting the Aligners
Again, the aligners are responsible for helping you reshape your smile, so it is important that you take care of them. Wearing the aligners while you eat and forgetting to clean them periodically are mistakes that can drastically shorten the lifespan of the aligners. When your aligners get damaged, you may have to pay replacement costs, and it could even prolong your treatment.
Being a Periodic Wearer
The only way the Invisalign treatment can work is if you wear the aligners. Being a periodic wearer does more harm than good. Similar to damaging the aligners, if you only wear the aligners on occasion, it will take considerably longer for your smile concerns to be met. You must wear your aligners as recommended by your health provider for them to work.
Ignoring Safe Storage Requirements
In addition to cleaning the aligners, you must ensure they are stored properly. Aligners are meant to rest comfortably on your teeth and essentially look and feel invisible. Consequently, the material of the aligner is very thin, which makes it more susceptible to damage. Leaving the aligners out increases the risk of them being thrown in the trash, getting stained, or tearing.
Missing Dental Appointments
Wearing Invisalign is not a replacement for visiting an oral healthcare professional. Through the course of your treatment and beyond, you must follow the prescribed appointment plan arranged by your provider. During these appointments, the provider will look at the progression of your teeth and make the necessary adjustments to ensure your treatment remains on the right track.
For additional help with managing your Invisalign treatment, be sure to speak with an oral care professional to learn more.