Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

How to Get the Best Results with Invisalign

February 25, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Pradeep Sukumar

Invisalign braces are popular among our patients for many reasons. Invisalign aligners are easy-to-use, conveniently removable, and discreet, so no one even needs to know you are straightening your teeth.

However, to get the best results with Invisalign, it is important to follow your dentist’s directions closely on how to use your aligners.

Wearing Your Invisalign Clear Braces

Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, they require a degree of dedication. The number one, most important part of your Invisalign treatment is actually wearing your aligners! You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours every day. Basically, your Invisalign aligner should be in place in your mouth unless you are eating, drinking, or caring for your teeth. 

Invisalign aligners move your teeth into the desired position gently and slowly. If you do not wear your aligners for the recommended amount of time every day, your aligners will not have time to work. It will take longer for your teeth to move into the proper position, and they may actually relapse, slowing down your treatment. 

To get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, you should also:

Change Aligners According to the Dentist's Recommendations 

Don’t skip ahead to a new aligner without the approval of your dentist. Your aligners are designed to encourage your teeth to straighten slowly. You can’t speed the process by trying to skip ahead in the treatment plan. Also, remember to change your new aligners when necessary. If you don’t change to your new aligners on schedule, your treatment’s progress will slow. 

Clean and Maintain Your Aligners

Clean your aligners regularly to maintain your oral hygiene and achieve the most discreet look. Without regular cleaning, your aligners can stain, making them noticeable on your teeth.

Remove Your Aligners When You Eat or Drink

Don’t forget to take your aligner out before eating or drinking, and remember to put it back in once you’re done. Aligners trays can stain with exposure to food and drink, and you can damage your tray if you eat with it in your mouth. 

Go to Your Dental Appointments

One of the best aspects of Invisalign treatment is how convenient the process is for patients. There are fewer dental appointments necessary with Invisalign treatment than with traditional braces. However, it is important to stay in touch with your dentist and go to any scheduled follow-up appointments. That way, your dentist can keep track of your treatment’s progress.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Middletown, NJ

If you need Invisalign braces or other orthodontics to straighten your smile, contact our dental office today for a consultation. Dr. Pradeep Sukumar is here to help you! At Middletown Dental, we serve patients in Middletown and surrounding areas, such as New Monmouth, Belford, Union Beach, Keyport, and Leonardo. 

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