Tysons Dentistry

Common Mistakes When Using Invisalign

September 20, 2016
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Posted By: Dr. Ardalan Sanati
Vienna VA Invisalign

One of the great benefits of using Invisalign in Vienna, VA to align your smile is that it's very straightforward. Instead of using traditional braces to straighten your teeth, Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners that are removable and virtually invisible. Because there are no restrictions to your diet or your home care routine, Invisalign is easy to work with and produces great results. There are, however, some common mistakes that patients make when using Invisalign that can deter the progress of their treatment. Your team at Tysons Dentistry has a few helpful tips that will keep you on track to a more beautiful and healthy smile with Invisalign.

Don't Forget to Change Your Aligners

Aligners should be worn 20-22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Adhering to this schedule ensures that you will have the best results from your Invisalign treatment. When you forget to change your aligners this can cause movement to be delayed and prolong your treatment.

Remove Your Aligners When Drinking Beverages

Your aligners should be removed when drinking any beverage other than water, and there are two reasons for this. First, other beverages may discolor your aligners, which means they may no longer be invisible. Drinking other beverages with your aligners on puts you at risk for tooth decay because the liquid may get into your aligners and sit on your teeth for extended periods of time.

Avoid Smoking With Your Aligners On

While we recommend that smoking should be avoided, in general, you definitely don't want to smoke while wearing your aligners. Smoking can cause a yellow residue on your aligners that you won't be able to clean off. If you're considering Invisalign treatment for straightening your teeth, we strongly encourage you to quit smoking prior to starting your treatment.

Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shohreh Shahram can help you achieve the smile you've always dreamed of! The first place to start is a consultation. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

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