Beginning your journey toward achieving straight teeth is an exciting process. So many patients love the discretion of Invisalign clear aligners. They are one of the easiest ways to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted without anyone noticing. However, you need to do your part. Certain bad habits could compromise the effectiveness of the aligners. Today, we’ll delve into bad habits to avoid with your Invisalign treatment for a seamless smile transformation. 

  • Neglecting Oral Hygiene

Taking off and putting in your aligners are necessary to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. However, before you put them back in your mouth, you should brush and floss. You’ll also want to clean your aligners regularly too. Otherwise, it can lead to plaque buildup and potential cavities. 

  • Eating or Drinking While Wearing Your Aligners 

One of the significant advantages of Invisalign is the ability to remove the aligners for meals. Failing to do so can lead to food particles becoming trapped, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of cavities. Make sure you remove them when eating or drinking anything but water to maintain their cleanliness and prevent staining.

  •  Not Wearing Aligners for the Recommended Time 

One of the biggest challenges of Invisalign is that they need to be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day. Consistently failing to wear them for the recommended time can delay your progress and extend your treatment period. When you remove them to brush, floss, or eat, set a reminder so you know to put them on again.

  • Skipping Appointments 

Regular check-ups are crucial during your Invisalign treatment. It’s important that we ensure your teeth are moving according to the treatment plan. Keep all scheduled appointments to achieve optimal results. 

  • Leaving Them Out in the Open

When you remove your aligners, make sure to put them in their case. Leaving them out can lead to them getting lost or thrown away. It can also expose them to germs. You also want to wash your aligners and the case regularly.

Your journey with Invisalign can be incredibly rewarding. That’s why we wanted to share the bad habits to avoid with your Invisalign. If you are curious about whether or not you are a candidate for Invisalign, call Shook Dental Care in San Pedro, CA today at 310-982-6333