Similar to a plastic mouth guard, Invisalign aligners are custom-made to
your mouth to slowly shift your teeth into a different place. If you have
just received your first aligner, or you are curious,
continue reading for some easy tips to help you adjust during your first week of Invisalign.
Tip #1: Start Your Invisalign Treatment Before Bedtime
On the first day of your Invisalign treatment—and every time you
switch to a new aligner—try wearing the aligner at bedtime. The
first time you put in your new aligner, you may experience discomfort
and soreness. By starting the treatment at bedtime, you can sleep through
those first hours of discomfort.
Tip #2: Use a Mild Pain Reliever to Ease Discomfort
Consult your dentist and/or medical doctor before beginning any sort of
medication, even an over-the-counter pain reliever. Your dentist can suggest
the correct dosage to help manage pain and bring down any swelling.
Tip #3: Consider Eating Softer Foods at First
During that first week, your teeth and gums might be sore. You may notice
it even more when you eat, so keep your food on the softer side during
this adjustment period. Do not let your nutrition suffer, though. Drink
protein drinks, if you cannot eat meat at first. Cut up foods if necessary
to chew directly with your back molars, which may not be as sore.
Tip #4: Keep a Plastic Container Around
Your aligners need to be in place for more than 20 hours a day, so you
want to keep them in your mouth at all times when not eating, drinking,
or brushing your teeth. However, when you do take your aligners out, be
sure that you keep the plastic container with you. This will help you
remember your aligners during this adjustment period so you do not lose them.
Whether you are interested or you already have Invisalign near New York,
be sure to call Dr. Charles Marks for all of your questions about
cosmetic dentistry. We are available to answer your call at (212) 279-1232.