Four things to avoid when using invisalign

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Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that you wear in your mouth to help straighten your teeth. Unlike braces, they are nearly invisible and do not require any fixing in place. However, there are some things you should try to avoid if you choose invisalign as an orthodontic treatment.

Leaving them out

Firstly, although one of the benefits of invisalign aligners is that they can be removed from the mouth, you should not do this for any length of time. If the treatment is to be successful, you will need to wear them for around twenty-two hours each day. You should remove them for eating and drinking and for other activities, such as contact sports, but if you do not keep them in for the required amount of time, the treatment will take much longer, and may even not work altogether. You should, therefore, only use these aligners if you know you will be able to keep them in.

Lax dental hygiene

Just because the aligners fit over your teeth does not mean you will not be susceptible to tooth decay. You should clean your teeth as usual after every meal before re-fitting the aligners in order to keep your mouth fresh and your teeth healthy. You should brush the aligners themselves with a soft toothbrush and your usual toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. You can also get special tablets to clean your aligners, but you should find that cleaning them normally will be enough.


One of the most important benefits of invisalign is that the aligners are almost invisible. However, it is possible for them to become stained or marked, which will look unsightly and could draw attention to them. Smoking can easily leave stains on the aligners (as well as discolouring your teeth). It is well worth considering giving up when fitting invisalign aligners.

Chewing gum

You should remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything except cold water. Chewing gum can be a particular problem as it can stick to the aligners and pull them out of position. As the aligners need to be in place for twenty-two hours, it is probably best to do without chewing gum for the duration of the treatment.

Look after your invisalign aligners and wear them for the necessary period, and they will soon give you a smile you will want to show off to the world.


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