Here at ADC Dental Group in Joplin, we know that Invisalign is a fantastic orthodontic treatment option for patients who want to fix crooked or misaligned teeth without sporting traditional braces. Here are a few things to know before getting Invisalign: 

Expect To Wear Your Aligners For Most of The Day 

The recommended daily wear time is at least 22 hours. Aligners should remain on your teeth at all times except when eating and brushing. Make sure to wear them at night while sleeping as well! This may take some time to get used to, but keeping your aligners on for the majority of your day will help keep your progress on track! 

Take Your Aligners Out To Eat 

Because the suggested wear time leaves only two hours to play with, you will want to eat during the time in which the aligners are out of your mouth. Make sure that you do not eat with them in! Keep in mind that it is recommended that you brush your teeth every time you have something to eat before putting your aligners back in. 

Additional Attachments Are Sometimes Necessary 

Many patients considering Invisalign think aligners are the only equipment they will need for the process. Some often require multiple small attachments or ridges to keep aligners in place. 

Stains Can Happen 

Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable, but the small ridges or attachments that hold them in place are prone to staining. This is especially true when drinking coffee or wine, so be sure to brush your teeth and aligners afterward. 

Be Careful When Drinking Certain Beverages 

Although you can leave Invisalign in to drink liquids, be aware that extra hot beverages like tea and coffee can warp aligners. Stick to cold water or clear, sparkling water to prevent damage. 

You Can Whiten Your Teeth – Just Wait Until Your Treatment is Complete 

Many patients elect to undergo whitening treatments after using Invisalign to lift any stains left by attachments. This is perfectly fine but can only happen after you are completely finished with treatment. After you are done with your initial set of aligners, expect to wear post-treatment refinement aligners to correct stubborn teeth and guarantee a fantastic result. 

Have A Question About Invisalign? Give Us A Call! 

Going into treatment with the right expectations will help ensure you have a positive experience with your Invisalign clear aligners. If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like to request an appointment, please call us at (417) 782-5005. We are happy to answer any queries you have. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our Joplin dentist office soon!