October 5, 2022
After many years of dealing with crooked teeth and misalignment, you’re thinking about choosing Invisalign to straighten your smile! By closely following the instructions of your dentist, you will have beautifully aligned teeth in a short period of time. Until you’re able to get your first set of aligners, there are some steps that you can take to prepare for your treatment. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips to set yourself up for success.
Brush After Eating
Once you get started with Invisalign, it’ll be necessary for you to brush your teeth after each of your meals. This way, you can prevent food from getting stuck in your trays and causing issues for your teeth. Since we are creatures of habit, it’s a good idea for you to get started with this routine now. Doing so will also help you to navigate uncertain territories, like what to do if you are at a restaurant or at work. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Go Easy on Snacks
Many of us enjoy snacks throughout the day, but you won’t be able to have too many during your Invisalign treatment. Because you need to take your aligners out each time you eat and brush before putting them back in, snacking often quickly becomes very impractical. Try your best to fill up on a few meals throughout the day instead. Pick nutrient-dense, yet filling foods – including healthy fats, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. By making the switch now, it will be easier to limit your snacks when you get Invisalign.
Put Together a Dental Kit
Since you will be needing to brush more often to keep your smile and aligners clean, it’s a good idea to put together a dental kit that you can bring with you. Pick out a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. A mini mouthwash is also a great addition!
Know Your Financial Treatment
When you commit to orthodontic treatment, you’re investing in your smile. To ensure that your experience is as stress-free as possible, it’s a good idea to figure out the financial aspects of it up-front. Ask your dental team about your dental insurance benefits and other financial options that are available to you. This way, you can come up with a plan that works best for you and your wallet.
You want to get Invisalign, so now is the perfect time to get prepared. By making these changes in your everyday routine, you can get a head start when adjusting to your orthodontic treatment.
About the Author
Dr. Bob Koenitzer earned his dental doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) where he was president of his class. Upon graduation, he became the youngest faculty member at UCSF and spent several years treating patients, training post-grad dental students, and working with several world-famous dentists. Dr. Koenitzer has also been voted Best Dentist in Petaluma for six years in a row! For more information on Invisalign or to schedule an appointment at his office in Petaluma, visit his website or call (707) 766-6666.
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