Thinking of Getting Invisalign? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know

September 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — longmontdentist @ 8:12 pm
Woman smiling while putting on Invisalign

Are you interested in joining the 12+ million Americans that have straightened their teeth with Invisalign? You’re not alone! Countless patients are interested in achieving the smile of their dreams without the metal. Of course, there’s much more to this orthodontic treatment. With this in mind, keep reading to learn five things you should know before getting Invisalign.

1. Any Soreness You Experience Will Be Temporary

Any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, comes with some soreness. The good news is that this sensation will be short-lived. Plus, it can be easily alleviated with a few best practices in place. That includes avoiding hard/crunchy foods the day you switch your aligners, sipping on cold water, using a cold compress, and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

2. It’s a Commitment

Although Invisalign is relatively hassle-free, it still requires a commitment. To stay on-track with your treatment plan, it’s essential that you abide by your dentist’s instructions – like wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day and not drinking coffee with your trays in – from start to finish.

3. You Might Need to Take a Break from Lipstick

Naturally, your lipstick may transfer onto your aligners throughout the day. Since this can cause your teeth to look discolored, you may want to take a break from lipstick during your treatment. Otherwise, you can opt for a lip stain, which should stay in place better.

4. Brushing and Flossing After Each Meal Is a Must

To keep your teeth (and your trays!) in pristine condition, it’s of the utmost importance that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal. To make this easy whether you’re at work or on-the-go, keep a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you.

5. You Need to Be Mindful of Your Coffee Intake

It’s true; you can’t drink coffee with your aligners in. Not only will hot coffee warp your trays, but this habit can increase your chances of discoloring your aligners. So, make sure to always remove your aligners and store them in their designated storage case beforehand. It’s also a good idea to drink your coffee alongside your meal to minimize the time you have them out.

With the above information in mind, you’ll be significantly more prepared for your Invisalign treatment!

About the Author

For well over 25 years, Dr. Brian Coats has dedicated his days to caring for individuals and families in the Longmont community. Previously, he attended the Creighton University School of Dentistry, which is where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery. In addition to being a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, he is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association. If you are interested in learning more about life with Invisalign, then don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation via our website or by phone at (303) 776-4090.

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