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Tips for Maximizing Your Treatment with Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment or metal braces. It is common for patients near Carmichael, CA to choose Invisalign because of the comfort, flexibility, or apprehension to metal brackets. Invisalign works by moving your teeth using a set of plastic aligners that are replaced approximately once every two weeks. American River Orthodontics maps out a digital sculpture of your teeth, then a computer program determines a path of treatment that straightens your teeth. Since Invisalign is removable, it is much easier to take care of your teeth compared to traditional braces.

If you have already chosen or received Invisalign treatment near Carmichael, CA, here are some tips to help you maintain oral health and improve the effectiveness of your Invisalign treatment.

  1. Wear your aligners 22 hours a day – the effectiveness of Invisalign depends heavily on the cooperation of the patient. The patient has the responsibility to maintain a good path on his or her treatment by wearing the aligners at least 22 hours a day. Dr. Payne will make a good effort to help you stay on schedule.
  2. Remove aligners to eat, brush, and floss – one of the main advantages of Invisalign is that it is removable. That means you can eat like you don’t have braces, but also that you can brush and floss with no obstruction. Take advantage of this feature of Invisalign, and brush and floss regularly.
  3. Make sure your teeth are clean before putting the aligners back on – having food stuck between your teeth and being unable to weasel them out with your tongue because of your aligners lead to perfect conditions for cavities and plaque to form.

Want to find out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment plan for you? Need guidance on taking care of your teeth with Invisalign? Give American River Orthodontics a call at 916-486-4233 or stop by and visit Dr. Payne at our orthodontic office near Carmichael, CA.