Starting a treatment journey with Invisalign at Hawthorn Orthodontics promises a discreet and convenient path to a straighter smile. However, before you take the plunge into the world of clear aligners, it’s essential to be armed with the knowledge that will help gear you up for a successful orthodontic experience.

Compliance is key:

Invisalign aligners offer flexibility, allowing you to remove them for meals and oral care. However, for optimal results, you need to wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day. Consistent compliance ensures that your teeth receive the constant, gentle pressure needed for effective alignment.

Regular cleaning of your Invisalign aligners is a must:

Maintaining the cleanliness of your Invisalign aligners is very important. Bacteria buildup can not only compromise oral hygiene but also affect the clarity of the aligners. Try and make a habit of cleaning them with a clear, unscented antibacterial soap, the recommended cleaning crystals to keep them fresh and transparent and/or with a good ultrasonic machine. Hawthorn Orthodontics stocks the Zima Dental pod available for purchase. 

Invisalign eating and drinking guidelines:

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows you to enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions. However, it’s important to remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. This prevents staining, cavities and ensures the longevity of the aligners.

Regular check-ups with your orthodontist are essential:

While Invisalign minimises the need for frequent in-person visits, regular check-ups with your orthodontist are still essential. These appointments allow your orthodontist to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and ensure that your treatment stays on track.

Be prepared for speech adjustments:

As with any orthodontic treatment, wearing Invisalign may initially affect your speech. It’s normal to experience a slight adjustment period as you get used to the presence of the aligners. Consistent wear will help you adapt, and any speech changes are likely to be temporary.

Knowing these key aspects before starting your Invisalign journey empowers you to make informed decisions and ensures a smoother orthodontic experience. With proper compliance, hygiene practices, and regular check-ups, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a beautifully aligned smile with the help of Invisalign.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, including braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and preventative treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are eager to assist you in realising the smile of your dreams. You can book your consultation online or by calling our practice on (03) 9088 4131.