If you are just starting your Invisalign treatment, you may be wondering what to expect during your first week of wearing your aligners. At Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics, your leading Invisalign provider in Pittsburgh, we have put together a list of tips and tricks for handling your first week of Invisalign treatment to help put you on the path for successful treatment and a shining smile!
Tips for Treating Pain and Discomfort Caused by Aligners
Your clear aligners work to straighten your smile by forcing them into their ideal position, which may cause pain and discomfort in your teeth and jaws. It is recommended that you perform chewing exercises a few times throughout the day, and each time you reinsert your aligners.
By chewing, you can help keep your tray tightly fitted, while also providing a massaging effect to your gums which stimulates nutrient-rich blood flow to your mouth. With more blood flow, you will experience less pain.
When you first start using them, and when you begin a new cycle of aligners, the plastic edges of your clear aligners may also irritate your tongue, causing sores. Over time your mouth will become more resistant to this type of irritation, but until your body gets used to it, you will need to protect your tongue. To do this, you can use a small pinch of dental wax by rolling it into shape and place on the areas that are irritating you. Peroxide-based mouthwash is also useful and can help heal minor irritations and provide pain relief to the teeth and gums.
Track Your Wear Time
It is recommended that you wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day. When taking out your aligners to eat, brush your teeth, or take a drink, it can be difficult to remember exactly how long you’ve been wearing your aligners each day. To make tracking your wear time easier, you can utilize apps such as TrayMinder or My Invisalign that can help you keep track of how long you’ve been wearing your aligners each day and can also be used to remind you to change to a new set of aligners.
Use the Right Tool to Remove Your Aligners
When removing your aligners, you should take measures to keep the removal safe and sanitary. While you may be able to use your hands to remove your aligners, they will get tighter as your treatment progresses and will become more difficult to remove, which can lead to nail gashes if your hands slip during removal. Tools such as the OrthoKey, the PUL System, and the Outie Tool can be used to remove your aligners safely.
Keep Your Aligners Clean and Clear
Avoid drinking or eating with your aligners in. This can lead to staining on your aligners, making your teeth appear discolored and your aligners looking dingy. It is important to clean not just your teeth but also your aligners. Using an aligner sanitizing spray, you can clean off your aligners, keeping them looking clear and feeling fresh.
Expert Invisalign Treatment in Pittsburgh
When you search for “Teen Invisalign near me,” be sure to choose Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics for your treatment. Our compassionate, dedicated care will help you achieve the smile of your dreams! Contact us today to learn more!