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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Invisalign

November 29, 2021
Posted By: Antelope Creek Family Dentistry
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At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, our skilled and experienced team understands the importance of having an attractive smile. Our conveniently-located dental offices in Lincoln proudly offer state-of-the-art dentistry to successfully correct malocclusions and straighten teeth. 

Our dentists offer Invisalign clear aligners for teens and adults in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional orthodontics, which is why we offer these tips for getting the most out of your Invisalign treatment. 

The First 48 Rule

During the first 48 hours of treatment, wear your Invisalign clear aligner trays as much as possible. We recommend only removing the trays to brush and floss, and please reinsert them as quickly as possible. The initial 48 hours are crucial! 

22 Hours a Day Keeps Crooked Teeth Away 

Invisalign only works if you wear your trays. We strongly encourage patients to wear their trays for at least 22 hours each day for fast and accurate results. No excuses! 

Change Your Aligners on Time 

When it’s time to change out your aligner trays, please do so. Likewise, if your dentist says you need more time with a specific tray, then let it be. Patience plays a vital role in this treatment. Be sure to listen to your dentist’s recommendations and instructions to achieve optimal results. 

Keeping Your Mouth Clean

Removing the aligners is convenient, especially when it comes to brushing and flossing. The aligners press tightly against your teeth, so your saliva doesn’t naturally rid your teeth of bacteria. However, thoroughly cleaning your teeth after each meal can protect your enamel and reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis during treatment. 

Properly Caring for Your Aligners

Cleaning your aligners each time you remove them is crucial. Soak your aligners in an Invisalign cleaner to keep them free from bacteria and plaque buildup. You can also clean the aligners with clear, antibacterial soap, but please do not use toothpaste on your aligners as this can damage them. 

Wearing Your Trays After Treatment

After treatment, your dentist will likely recommend wearing your trays to maintain your straight smile. Some patients who don’t wear their aligners at all after treatment lose some of their progress. Make sure you follow your dentist’s instructions after treatment to keep your teeth in the desired position. 

Finding Invisalign in Lincoln, NE

Are you interested in learning more about how Invisalign can help you attain your smile goals? Please get in touch with our dental team today to arrange your Invisalign consultation!

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