Invisalign patients of Dr. Kothari enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment in many of the towns near Sleepy Hollow, NY such as Ardsley, Briarcliff, Tarrytown and Ossining. The Invisalign system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. This product offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves.
Although the aligners is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment. To get the best results from treatment with this product, Dr. Kothari recommends patients:
– Keep Invisalign in a safe place: The aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket,purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy.
– Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of this product is that they are removable. Dr. Kothari says to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.
– Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep your aligners working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. The trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Kothari recommends that patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.
– Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with the clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the Invisalign clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.
Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following some easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Dr. Kothari and the team at Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics at: (914) 332-0900