5 Top Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Invisalign® Experience

added on: April 13, 2022
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At Ponderosa Dental Center, your trusted Bend dentist, Dr. Benjamin De Graff, and team all know how important it is to have a healthy smile you can be confident to share with your fellow Oregonians or wherever the world takes you. One way to take your teeth to next-level perfection is with Invisalign®. You’ve probably heard about these clear aligners by now, or maybe you know someone who’s completed treatment, but here are some tips to ensure a more successful experience for your Invisalign® in Bend.

Tip #1: Don’t Forget to Respect the First 48 Rule

When you get your first set of clear Invisalign® custom-fitted aligners, we know you will be excited to get started with straightening your smile. Make sure to wear your aligners as much as possible for the first 48 hours of your treatment. Take your aligners out to brush your teeth for the first two days, and be sure to get them back into place ASAP.  The initial stage of Invisalign® is crucial for proper treatment throughout your teeth straightening process.

Tip# 2: Remember: 22-Hours-a-Day Helps Keep Crooked Teeth Away

One of the most important things to remember with Invisalign® is that you have to wear your aligners to see results. This is quite different from orthodontic solutions like traditional braces, which cannot be removed. To see results more quickly, it’s generally advisable to wear your Invisalign® clear aligners every day for at least 22 hours. No excuses!

Tip# 3: It’s Always a Good Idea to Be On Time

If your dentist in Bend says it’s time to move on to your next set of Invisalign® aligners, you better see us. Sometimes, you might have to stay in an older tray for a little longer, and that’s A-OK too. Don’t think you need to rush ahead or try to over accelerate your treatment by moving on to the next set of trays. Patience and Invisalign® go hand and hand. If you ever have any questions, you can always ask us!

Tip# 4: Do Your Trays Feel a Little Strange?

When patients go through Invisalign® treatment at our dental office in Bend, we often hear the same comments right after they begin using their aligners. They say that they can feel their trays pushing against their teeth. While some people may find this a little uncomfortable or weird in the beginning, Invisalign® aligners are very comfortable and become less noticeable the more time you spend wearing them. Remember to stick to the 22-hour-a-day rule, and soon, you’ll never know you have your aligners in.

Tip# 5: Be Sure to Drink Plenty of Water At All Times

With your Invisalign® aligners in place, remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water. Much like traditional braces, your mouth will sense that something foreign is present and will most likely start to produce extra saliva. This can quickly dehydrate your body and cause you to feel tired or worn out.

Are you ready to take the next step? Call our dental office in Bend today to schedule your hassle-free Invisalign® consultation. We can show you how easy it is to achieve the straight smile and healthy bite you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. We’re here to show you that it’s all possible with Invisalign®!