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How Will My Day-to-Day Change with Invisalign?

Most parents and teens know that Invisalign is a great way to straighten teeth that is vastly less obvious than wearing traditional braces, and since the trays are removable, there’s no need to make dietary changes. However, your daily routine will change slightly while you are undergoing your teeth straightening treatment.

Your Daily Life with Invisalign

When you receive your Invisalign aligners, you’ll need to wear them between 20 and 22 hours a day. This means you should really only remove them when you are eating or drinking something that isn’t water. Because of this, you’ll need to limit your snack intake between meals and the number of drinks you consume, except water. As a result, a lot of Invisalign wearers consume fewer sodas, energy drinks, and fruit juices. They also tend to skip snacking between meals. As a result, some Invisalign wearers notice that they lose a few pounds during the course of treatment. Some even refer to it as the Invisalign diet. The good news is that you won’t have to remove foods from your diet or chew your food any differently.

Eating and Drinking

Before a meal and before drinking anything that isn’t water, you’ll need to remove your Invisalign aligners and store them in their case. This is because you don’t want to accidentally damage or stain your clear aligners while eating or drinking. Once you finish eating or drinking, you’ll want to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly if possible. If you put your aligners in directly after eating or drinking without brushing and flossing, you’ll end up bathing your teeth in food particles and bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

For most clear appliance wearers, this means brushing and flossing at least five times a day, including in the morning, evening, after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you consider three meals and the time it takes to brush and floss your teeth, you’ll quickly realize that this can add up to at least two hours of non-wear time, including the time it takes to eat. For this reason, many Invisalign wearers tend to eat more quickly so that they can resume wearing their clear aligners for at least 20 hours a day.

Cleaning Your Clear Aligners

In addition to keeping your teeth clean, you’ll have to keep your aligners clean in order to prevent odors and stains from building up on the aligners.  To keep your aligners clean, you will need to lightly brush them with your toothpaste and a toothbrush in the evening and rinse them thoroughly. To ensure they stay clear, clean, and odor-free, you may also want to invest in the Invisalign Cleaning System. This system contains special cleaning crystals and takes about 15 minutes per cleaning.

Job Interviews and Social Gatherings

In some instances, you may not want to wear your clear aligners despite the fact that they are minimally noticeable. Common scenarios include important social gatherings, meetings, or job interviews where you wouldn’t necessarily want the attendees or interviewers to notice that you are straightening your teeth. During these times, you can remove your aligners, brush them with toothpaste and a toothbrush and store them in your aligner case. After the event, you’ll want to immediately put your aligners back in your mouth so that you can resume straightening your teeth.

Invisalign with our Orthodontist in Melbourne, FL

Our orthodontist in Melbourne, FL offers Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Both of these options invisibly straighten teeth while causing minimal disruption to your daily life. The difference is that Invisalign Teen contains blue wear indicators that can help ensure your teen is wearing his or her aligners for the appropriate amount of time each day.

To learn more about Invisalign and to schedule a consultation, give Dr. Reddick a call at 321-254-5232.

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We have missed seeing everyone!  We are finally able to go back to work and look forward to seeing all of our patients and their families.  We are in the process of calling everyone who has missed an appointment during our forced office closure to reschedule and get back on track.  We will be working overtime in the coming months to do what we can to help. Unfortunately, our time out of work will delay treatment completion for many and for that we are truly sorry.  Most importantly, we hope this message finds everyone happy and healthy.

The health and safety of our patients, their families, and the community remain our primary focus.  We are taking as many precautions as possible for prevention of spreading COVID-19.  We will remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will  be taking additional precautionary measures as well.   If the patient or an immediate family member has been sick in the past two weeks, we ask that you please call us to reschedule the appointment to a later date as a precaution.

To limit the traffic in our building, we will be adjusting to a “parking lot waiting area”.  We will have a staff member come out to each vehicle to greet you and check the patient in.  Please call the office if you are not promptly greeted.  There are some types of appointments that require a parent’s participation, so we ask that anyone accompanying the patient into the office wear a mask or face covering.  We can provide masks if necessary. 

We will only be utilizing half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients.  We ask that all of our patients please thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit use of our toothbrushing area.  We have also installed plexiglass barriers between our front desk and the waiting area.  As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best experience possible!

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The Reddick Orthodontics Team