Once your attachments have been placed and your first set of 8 trays given to you, we will schedule you to come back for periodic exams every 8 weeks to monitor your progression and to deliver the next set of 8 trays. This will continue until you have been given all trays.
It is very important that you only remove your aligners when you are drinking, eating, flossing and brushing. Your teeth will move little by little as you replace each aligner with the next.
Once your have finished wearing all of your trays, we will scan you again with the iTero 5. Dr. Messer will determine if your results are completed, and at that point, either order your retainer(s) or additional trays if needed. Typical treatment time averages 8-15 months.
Once all needed movement is complete, you will receive your final retainer(s) that you will wear only at night when you sleep.
Wear Your Trays for the Prescribed 20 to 22 Hours Per Day
Invisalign trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. The trays should only be removed while eating or brushing. If the aligner trays are worn for less than 20 hours per day, you risk extending your treatment timeline. Failure to follow the 22-hour rule may also increase the level of discomfort you experience when you do place your trays. This is because when your trays are not in, your teeth may revert back to their original position.
Use New Trays Before Sleeping
If patients do report discomfort resulting from Invisalign® treatments, it is typically during the first day or two after placing a new tray. This is the time when there is the greatest amount of pressure pushing your teeth into better alignment. It may be possible to sleep through this time by inserting new trays right before going to bed.
Avoid Hard or Crunchy Foods
Your teeth may be sensitive while they are moving. Try avoiding hard foods such as nuts and candy that can aggravate your teeth. The first few days following the placement of your new aligners, you will find it easier to resume your normal eating habits.
Keep Us Informed
In order for Dr. Messer to be of the most help, you will need to keep him updated on possible side effects during your periodic check-ups (typically every eight weeks). At that time, Dr. Messer can adjust your trays if needed or recommend remedies.
Keep Your Trays Clean
To prevent potentially painful debris and food from building up on your tray, keep your Invisalign trays clean by brushing them with water. Be careful to avoid using toothpaste, which can leave a white residue on your clear trays. Cleaning your trays can also prevent gum disease and cavities.
Discomfort With Your Trays
There are two main causes of Invisalign discomfort: tooth pressure and friction against the gum tissue. Invisalign trays gradually move the teeth into better alignment through micro-movements. Each new tray is slightly different than the preceding tray to slowly move the teeth into alignment. During the first few days after placing a new tray, you may feel pressure on specific teeth. The minor discomfort will gradually subside as those teeth move closer to their target, usually within a couple of days of tray placement.
Some of our Memphis patients experience discomfort caused by the edges of their aligner trays. While the trays are carefully constructed to not cut into the gums and cheeks, in some cases, minor irritation can occur.
Contact Our Office Today
The majority of our Memphis patients report minimal discomfort throughout their Invisalign treatment. If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of a more attractive smile, contact our office online or call (901) 751-1260.
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