With the advent of Invisalign®, adults today don’t have to worry about being self-conscious of their orthodontic care. However, wearing these clear aligners doesn’t mean you can go about your normal routine without any attention to your teeth. Here are a few lifestyle restrictions that come along with Invisalign.
Are There Restrictions With Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are made from a special thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®, which helps the teeth to gradually shift into place. This special material needs to be kept clean to retain its clear finish, which is why dentists warn against eating or smoking with the retainers installed. In fact, Invisalign aligners need to be worn for only 20 to 22 hours a day, giving patients the chance to remove the appliances for dining, brushing, and flossing. Because smoking can also impact the blood flow to your oral tissues and the health of your teeth, dentists recommend stopping tobacco use throughout your orthodontic treatment, or permanently if possible.
How Else Can These Rules Help You?
By avoiding eating and smoking with your aligners in place, you can keep the trays from becoming stained, which can help to improve your look during orthodontic treatment. Additionally, many people find that quitting tobacco or eliminating dark-colored sodas from their diets dramatically improves their health, which creates a sweeter reveal a few months down the road when your orthodontic treatment is complete. When you get Invisalign, think of the process as a full-body transformation, and talk with your dentist about other lifestyle changes that could improve your treatment and quality of life.
If you have a smile you wish you could change, get Invisalign from New York’s Manhattan Dental: Donald Burger, DDS, FAGD. With more than 30 years of experience treating patients on the Upper West Side, Dr. Burger specializes in helping his patients to overcome cosmetic problems, oral-facial pain, TMJ problems, and gum disease. To find out how he can help you, visit his website or call (212) 873-5400 today.