Two tips for maximising the effectiveness of your new Invisalign braces

If you have recently had Invisalign braces fitted, here are some things that you can to do maximise the effectiveness of this orthodontic treatment:

Try to shorten the length and number of meals that you eat

Both dentists and orthodontists who have patients that have decided to undergo Invisalign treatment tend to advise these people to reduce the number of meals they eat and to shorten the length of their mealtimes. This is because the orthodontic trays that the patients have to wear throughout their treatment must be in contact with their teeth for the vast majority of each 24-hour period, in order to deliver the teeth-straightening results that these individuals desire. However, Invisalign trays are not supposed to be worn when eating.

Because of this, if a person has, for example, four snacks a day along with three main meals, or if they take at least a couple of hours to finish their dinner each evening, they will probably end up not wearing their Invisalign trays for several hours a day. This could result in their teeth not changing position as quickly as their dental team expected them to, which might then lead to these individuals having to prolong their treatment.

As such, if you're the type of person who likes to graze on food all day long, or if you enjoy stretching out your mealtimes to the point where they often last for a couple of hours, then it might be necessary for you to change your eating habits whilst you are having this particular treatment.

Act quickly if you start to notice that parts of trays are not in contact with your teeth

After finishing their orthodontic treatment, some people find themselves not completely satisfied with the way their teeth turned out; these individuals often end up asking their dentists to use additional dental treatments, like composite bonding, to address the remaining imperfections, such as any gaps left between their teeth.

More often than not, this lack of satisfaction arises from these individuals having ignored the fact that their trays were not always in contact with their teeth whilst they were having their orthodontic treatment. Spaces can form between the trays and a person's teeth if the trays get warped due to heat exposure (for example, if the wearer removed the tray and left it on top of a radiator) or if they are accidentally stepped on or dropped.

If this happens and the person does not let their orthodontist know and ask them to repair the trays but instead continues to wear them until their next orthodontic appointment, the trays won't apply the amount of pressure to the teeth that they need to in order to push these teeth into their new positions. In short, if you want to ensure that this doesn't happen to you and that you are totally satisfied with your teeth at the end of your treatment, you must inform and seek help from your orthodontist if you ever notice that your trays are not in full contact with your teeth.