4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Invisalign® Treatments
Invisalign® is an increasingly popular choice for tooth alignment among many men and women in the Redondo Beach area, especially for teens and adults. And why wouldn’t it be? There are no wires or braces to deal with, meaning there’s nothing inhibiting your smile while you make some adjustments. And even better – they can be removed to eat and drink, or for family pictures. But unfortunately, many people miss out on getting the full benefits of Invisalign® because they make some common mistakes when starting the treatments. If you’re considering Invisalign® as your tooth alignment solution, read on so you can get the results you want.
1. Failing to Follow Proper Oral Hygiene
Unfortunately, many Redondo Beach residents believe keeping their teeth clean will be easier while wearing Invisalign®. But in fact, the clear trays cover the entire tooth area, and they are enclosed. This can lead to extra build-up of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and damage under the aligners if you are not careful to brush, floss and rinse thoroughly before you wear your aligners.
2. Failing to Wear Aligners for the Appropriate Amount of Time
Our doctors love Invisalign® for their convenience and ease, especially for adults who have outgrown the off-putting look of metal braces and wires. However, the convenience that comes with Invisalign®, allowing men and women the freedom to remove them when eating and drinking, can cause them to fail to wear the aligners for the appropriate amount of time, which leads to delayed or failed results.
3. Eating and Drinking While Wearing Aligners
As we mentioned above, Invisalign® aligners are meant to be removed when you eat and drink. While most people find this to be a convenience, some do not and insist on leaving them in during meals. Not only will it be difficult to eat while wearing the aligners, but they may also become stained.
4. Expecting Invisalign® to Be a Quick Fix
Many Redondo Beach residents wrongly believe that Invisalign® treatments are a quick fix and take less time to correct misaligned teeth than traditional braces. But, just like braces, Invisalign® must be worn for 12 months or more. If you believe Invisalign® treatments will take just a couple of months, you are setting yourself up for unrealistic expectations. Even if you think you see improvement, do not stop wearing your aligners until our doctors have cleared you to do so.
Call Our Office Today to Make an Appointment With Our Doctors
If you’re ready to get on the road to the smile you’ve always wanted, Invisalign® might be just the treatment plan for you. Find out by calling our office to make an appointment to speak with one of our doctors to discuss Invisalign® treatments. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process. Our doctors are committed to each of their patients and desire to help you meet your aesthetic goals.
To make an appointment at our Redondo Beach office, call (310) 542-6988 today!