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You’ve just started Invisalign and your first week of treatment. Congratulations! You’re on the way to a straight, healthier smile. At Shoreline Dental Studio, we want to help you enjoy your Invisalign experience—  right from the start. As a Diamond Invisalign Provider®, we’re experts at transforming smiles with this clear aligner treatment and we also understand that the first week can be a challenging transition.

That’s why we’re sharing tips and tricks for a successful first week. And not only will these Invisalign tips help you now, they’ll start excellent habits for your entire Invisalign treatment. Here are 5 Invisalign tips and tricks from Dr. Ritzau.

Tip #1: When Eating With Invisalign, Take Them Out After to Rinse

One of the first questions our Invisalign patients often ask us is what they do about eating with Invisalign. The Shoreline team recommends eating with your Invisalign trays on. This helps to ensure you wear your aligners for 22-24 hours a day — what you need for the best results.

Just remember that eating with Invisalign can trap food debris, sticky sugars, and plaque onto your teeth and onto the trays. So keep your aligners and teeth clean by rinsing your aligners after you eat, and brush your teeth to avoid plaque build up and tooth decay. You should also stay away from foods that can stain your aligners, such as turmeric and processed Mac & Cheese as these foods can turn your aligners yellow.

Tip #2: Purchase a Removal Tool

Removing your Invisalign takes getting used to, especially during the first week. You’re most likely not used to putting your fingers in your mouth so often. Or you might have a manicure or longer nails you don’t want to damage. To help you, Invisalign has a special removal tool called “Pul” that makes light work of taking out your Invisalign trays. Ask your Shoreline dentist about them and be sure to keep these in your on-the-go oral health kit (covered in Tip #3).  

Tip #3: Create an On-the-Go Oral Hygiene Kit

Teeth straightening with Invisalign is a process that requires extra care and diligence when it comes to looking after your appliances and your oral health. A special travel kit with Invisalign and oral hygiene supplies will help you keep your trays and teeth in tip top shape wherever you go. 

Supplies to include in your travel kit:

  • Invisalign carrying case (to store your trays when you take them out)
  • Removal tool
  • Travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss or dental picks
  • Invisalign “chewies” or Movemints® to relieve discomfort and seat your trays properly
  • Orthodontic wax

Tip #4: Soothe Discomfort with an Electric Toothbrush, Chewies, or Movemints

If you weren’t already using an electric toothbrush, now’s a good time to start. An electric toothbrush is good for soothing Invisalign pain in your first week and onward. Simply massage your gums and teeth with your electric toothbrush to relieve soreness or tightness.

Electric toothbrushes are also shown to clean teeth more thoroughly than manual toothbrushes. Wouldn’t it be great to have beautifully straight and healthy teeth at the end of Invisalign treatment? 

You can also alleviate Invisalign pain by chewing on “chewies” or Movemints. Rest assured, this chewing action won’t damage your trays but does provide a massage effect on your gums, stimulating nutrient-rich blood flow to your mouth that acts as a natural pain reliever. As a bonus, chewing on chewies or Movemints helps your Invisalign trays fight tightly for the most precise tooth movements possible.

Tip #5: Use Orthodontic Wax to Protect Your Gums and Tongue

For some patients, the edges of their Invisalign trays can cause sores on soft oral tissue when first getting Invisalign. Sometimes this can happen at the start of a new set of trays as well. If this is the case for you, don’t worry — your mouth will get used to how Invisalign feels and sits in your mouth. 

However, you can still find relief and protect your gums and tongue at the start with dental wax. Take a bit of wax, roll it up into the shape you need, and stick it to the area that hurts. You can also place the wax where your tongue touches your Invisalign to protect your tongue. 

Tip #6: Set Reminders to Deep Clean Your Invisalign Trays

Deep cleaning your Invisalign trays gets rid of plaque, odors, and bacteria. Remember this all-important step by setting up a twice-weekly reminder on your phone, calendar, or however you keep track of appointments. How to deep clean your Invisalign trays, you ask? We suggest two ways to keep them squeaky clean and we offer these at our offices:

  1. Invisalign crystals: Soak your Invisalign in a solution of water and Invisalign cleaning crystals for about 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm (not hot) water and pop them back into your mouth.
  2. WhiteFoam: This product is even easier than a soak: take out your Invisalign, apply WhiteFoam, and pop the aligners back in. WhiteFoam cleans while your aligners are on your teeth, with the added perk of being formulated to whiten your teeth, too.

A good Invisalign tip for how to clean your Invisalign trays daily? Your Orange County dentist suggests brushing them with a soft toothbrush and warm water in the morning and evening, rinsing, then putting them back onto freshly-brushed teeth. And when eating with Invisalign treatment, rinse them with water first before putting them back in.

Free Invisalign Consultations With A Diamond Invisalign Provider

As one of the few Diamond Invisalign Providers in Orange County, Shoreline Dental Studio is the expert to trust for beautiful, straight teeth. We also offer Digital Smile Design, a process where you can see and feel how your smile will look before treatment even starts!

Contact us for a free Invisalign consultation at our San Clemente or Mission Viejo office to find out if Invisalign is right for you. 

Don’t Miss Our Invisalign Week Promo: June 5-9

During the week of  June 5-9, 2023, take advantage of Shoreline Dental Studio’s limited time offer: $500 off Invisalign plus free teeth whitening. First 10 patients to initiate Invisalign treatment will also be entered to win a Hydroflask Bundle (a $300 value).

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