If you clicked on this blog post, you are probably starting your new smile journey with clear aligners, be it SmileDirectClub or Invisalign. I’ve compiled my tips and tricks for Invisalign in this blog post – so keep on reading!
Buy a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste 🪥
There is no worse feeling than having to put in your Invisalign trays when your teeth are not clean. If you were to put in your Invisalign after a café visit without brushing your teeth, you would be trapping all of the food residue in your teeth, building up plaque and bacteria. Having a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or jacket makes the entire difference and ensures clean and odor-free aligners.
Stop using whitening toothpaste 🚫
Invisalign users typically brush their teeth 4-5 times a day, depending on your meals. If you brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste every time, you will be more exposed to developing sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that remove surface stains, but using it very often can result in sensitive teeth. Don’t worry, you’ll get naturally whiter teeth during your Invisalign treatment from all of the brushing. Instead use more gentle alternatives such as Sensodyne.
Ensure correct tracking with chewies
If you are not familiar with the term ‘’tracking’’ it describes how teeth move in accordance with your treatment plan. If your aligners are not fitting snugly on your teeth due to air gaps, you cannot ensure correct tracking. Chewies help your aligners fit snugly on your teeth and help eliminate air gaps, moreover they can help relieve some of the tenderness and pain associated with new trays and tooth movement. Win-win!
Get a remover tool
Whether you have short nails or long nails, they are simply not made to take out your clear aligners. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve stood in the bathroom, drooling all over myself, trying to get my Invisalign trays out. Some people manage to break their Invisalign trays when attempting to take them out.
Moreover, when you’re out and about and you need to take your Invisalign out, it’s not very hygienic to take them out using your fingers. Instead, buy a remover tool that it made specifically to take out the aligners easily, hygienically and pain-free. Always take them out starting from each back molar and release them slightly and finish it off in the front on the backside of your teeth.
Get a Invisalign tracking app 📱
When the dentists say that you need to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day, they are not joking. If you don’t do this, your teeth will not have moved to its final position before starting a new tray, which can prolong your Invisalign treatment.
The best way to ensure that you are wearing your Invisalign for the recommended time, is to get a tracking app. The most popular one is Trayminder, where you tell the app, whenever you have taken out your Invisalign and when you have put them back in. It has a built in reminder, dentist appointment calendar and ability to take teeth selfies, so that you can see your development.