Invisalign is a system of clear, tray-like aligners that can straighten your teeth over time. These aligners tend to be more comfortable than metal braces, and they are certainly less obvious, visually. Using Invisalign is simple, but there are a few accessories you should have on hand to make things even easier on yourself.
A Storage Container
One of the nice things about Invisalign is the fact that you can remove the aligners when you eat and when you brush your teeth. When you do remove the aligners, though, you will need somewhere to keep them. If you simply wrap them up in a napkin or set them somewhere, you may lose them or they may get broken. An Invisalign storage container ensures you always have a place to stash your aligners. You may even want two storage containers — one to keep at home and one to take with you during the day.
You can remove Invisalign aligners by grasping the tray between your forefinger and thumb, and then rotating it off your teeth. But many people struggle to do this, either because their fingers are too large or because they lack dexterity. Putting your fingers in your mouth is also not the most sanitary practice. An aligner removal tool makes it much easier to remove your aligners. These tools are typically made from plastic. They have a small hook on one end. You push the hook between your teeth and the aligner, pull, and pop the aligner out of place.
There are several brands of rubber chewies that you can pop into your mouth after you've inserted your aligners. As you bite down on the chewy item, it helps your aligner seat properly around your teeth. Many people find this makes it easier to get their aligners on towards the end of the cycle when they are tighter. If you don't like the idea of a reusable chewy, then there are sugar-free mints that you can use, one time each, to suit the same purposes. While you should never eat normal mints while wearing aligners, it is okay to use these special, sugar-free mints that are designed specifically for this purpose.
The right accessories can make wearing Invisalign a lot easier and even more effective. Look for a good case, a removal tool, and some chewies or sugar-free mints to keep on hand. Your dentist should be able to recommend specific brands if needed.
For more information on Invisalign, contact a company like Koehn Dentistry & Aesthetics.