Orthodontic technology has come a long way over the years. Treatment times are shorter, and technologies have improved. Invisalign is a great way to discreetly straighten your teeth and give you that smile you have always wanted. If you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, it is so important that you follow our instructions to get the most out of your treatment. Check out our tips!

Wear your aligners!

This one seems pretty obvious, but this is the #1 most important step in getting the planned results.  Aligners need to be worn for approximately 21 hours a day to be effective.  Don’t listen to your friend who said she only wore hers at night – that’s a great way to get a bad result or end up in treatment way longer than planned.  Just do it – you have made a significant investment and we want you to get the absolute best result as quickly as possible! 

Care for your aligners properly. 

Make sure to change your aligners on the planned dates and always use the case for safe storage. A big difference in Invisalign vs. braces is that it’s up to you to wear them the appropriate amount of time. Make sure you understand how many hours a day you’re expected to wear your aligners and stick to the plan. 

Let us know if something doesn’t feel right.

A little discomfort when you change aligners is normal, but if something doesn’t feel quite right, be sure to let us know. We can help you figure out what is going on and may be able to offer you some additional tips that could help your aligners fit better. 

Basic dental hygiene is a must!

It makes sense that keeping your teeth (and aligners!) clean is a huge part of a healthy smile. Make sure to follow all brushing, flossing and cleaning instructions to a T. 

Protect your smile!

Nothing can set back your orthodontic treatment like an injury to your teeth, mouth or face. If you play contact sports or participate in activities where it’s likely you could sustain a blow to the face, you should make sure to wear the appropriate protective gear. And be sure to let us know that this is a concern, so we can help you find the best mouthguard to protect those pearly whites! 

Know what to do if you have a problem. 

As we mentioned before, some mild discomfort is normal and can usually be knocked out with an over-the-counter pain medicine and time. If something more serious happens or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! We’re here – and happy – to help. 

Follow the steps above, and you’re on your way to a perfect smile throughout your Invisalign treatment! If you are looking to start Invisalign treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Kelley and Dr. Gardner