Invisible Braces Tips for Working Adults

Dentist Blog

Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, seem like the perfect solution for the professional that wants to improve their smile. If this is your first time using aligners, there are a few things to keep in mind. The following tips will make the first few weeks with your new aligners much easier.

Take a Day or Two to Adjust

The first few days with new aligners can be uncomfortable, especially with the first aligner tray. If possible, plan to start treatment on the weekend. This way you won't be dealing with the new discomfort while also juggling your work duties. Each time you change trays, it will take a couple of days to adjust. If you can plan to change aligner trays only when you have a day or two off, you will likely adjust much more quickly and more comfortably.

Don't Skimp on Use

It can be tempting to pop out the aligner each time you have to talk or present. Unfortunately, this can counteract the treatment. Aligners are designed to be worn the majority of your time, including while you sleep. Only take out the trays for eating, brushing, flossing, and when it can't be avoided. In other words, you probably want to leave the aligner in for your morning meeting, but it is fine to take it out if you are giving an important presentation to a client.

Keep Hygiene Supplies at the Office

You will need to care for your aligner trays throughout the day. Make sure to keep a case on hand throughout the day in the event you need to take out the aligner. Having a toothbrush and floss handy is also a must. If you eat food that could stain the aligner such as tomato sauce, you want to make sure you have fully brushed before putting the tray back in. It's also a good idea to wash the aligner with a toothbrush and rinse with clear water throughout the day. This cuts down on staining as well as bacterial buildup.

Be Prepared for Discomfort

As mentioned before, there will be some discomfort as your teeth move. Make sure you are prepared when you're on the go or at the office by keeping an over-the-counter pain reliever on hand. You may also want to keep a heating pad in your office. Applying gentle heat to your cheeks and jaw, even if only for a few minutes, can help minimize your discomfort.

For more help, contact a dentist who provides Invisalign near you.


5 December 2019

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.