They say that perception is reality. But did you know that that includes people’s perceptions about your smile?

Studies show that people with straighter smiles are perceived as more confident, attractive, and authoritative.

If you’re self-conscious about your smile, you’re not alone. That’s why so many people turn to braces or Invisalign to help them get the smile they’ve always dreamt of.

But once you get your aligner, what should you expect in terms of maintenance? Here are a few quick do’s and don’ts of Invisalign care to prepare you for your Invisalign treatment.

Do: Wear Your Invisalign Throughout the Day

One of the biggest reasons why people love Invisalign is that, unlike braces, Invisalign trays are easy to remove.

However, you’ll need to keep your tray in for the majority of the day. In fact, the official Invisalign website suggests wearing your tray for between 20 to 22 hours per day.

While it may be tempting to remove your tray if you start to feel discomfort, it’s best to leave it in. A little discomfort is quite common and tends to wane after a few days.

If soreness persists, contact your family dentist at your earliest convenience.

Don’t: Ignore Good Invisalign Care Habits

Practicing good oral hygiene is quite important. Daily brushing and flossing, alongside regular cleanings, can keep your smile vivid and bright.

But what does oral hygiene look like when you have to wear an Invisalign tray for most of the day?

Not that much different, as it turns out. You’ll still want to brush, floss, rinse, and check your gums.

The only difference is that now you’ll need to spend a few extra minutes cleaning out your tray, too.

First, remove your tray and rinse it with warm water. Be careful that the water isn’t too hot. Otherwise, you could accidentally change the shape of your aligner.

Next, brush the tray, much like you would your actual teeth. Don’t forget to brush inside the tray, too.

After rinsing once more, you should be good to pop your tray back in.

Do: Take out Your Invisalign Tray to Eat

One of the best things about Invisalign trays is that you don’t have to change up your diet like you would if you wore braces.

You can still eat all of your favorite foods — even candy, popcorn, and gum! But be sure to remove your tray before eating.

Eating with your tray in can do serious damage to your aligner, so go ahead and pop out your Invisalign.

Don’t: Think You’re Too Old for a Better Smile

Many adults shudder at the thought of braces or aligners. Won’t they get in the way? What will people at work think?

Yet the truth is, adult braces and aligners are more common than you may think.

What matters is that you have the confident, beautiful smile you deserve.

Invisalign presents an easy, unobtrusive way to straighten your teeth, whether you’re 15 or 50.

Don’t be surprised if your friends, family, and coworkers can’t even tell you’re wearing your tray!

Ask Your Family Dentist About Invisalign Today

Remember these Invisalign care tips to make the most of your time with your alignment tray. And if you have any questions, never hesitate to contact your dentist.

Are you considering braces or Invisalign? Schedule an appointment today to find out more about your options.

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