Your orthodontist is vital throughout the teeth straightening process, but a large part of the success of your treatment comes down to you. Without proper home care, neither Invisalign® aligners nor traditional braces can effectively do what they are designed to do: give you the best smile possible. To help you have a comfortable and effective orthodontic treatment experience, the professionals at Bubon Orthodontics offer the following advice for each straightening option.

Invisalign aligners

You probably have these and a few other questions if you are considering orthodontics to achieve straighter teeth. An orthodontist can help you make the right choice when deciding between Invisalign® and braces.

Because Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and removable, your at-home care tends to be easy. There are a few main points to consider for proper care with Invisalign treatment that relate to eating, cleaning and playing sports.

Remove the Invisalign aligners when you consume anything other than water. Otherwise, food may collect in the aligners, which can cause staining and cavities.

Since the aligners can be taken out, your oral hygiene routine remains the same. Ideally, brush after eating and before placing the aligners back in your mouth. To clean the aligners, simply brush the inside and outside whenever you brush your teeth. You may use the specialized cleaning kit or you can brush and rinse them with lukewarm water.

If you participate in an active sport, you may keep your Invisalign aligners in and insert a mouth guard if needed to protect your teeth.

Traditional braces

If you are wearing braces, your personal orthodontic care will be slightly different. There are guidelines for eating with braces, maintaining oral hygiene and suggestions for sports participation to ensure proper care.

You may experience some soreness in your mouth the day after your braces are applied. As your teeth adjust to pressure from the braces, start eating soft foods such as rice or pudding until the discomfort lessens. After the soreness has subsided, you may return to your regular diet. However, there are a few food categories you will want to avoid. To keep from damaging your braces, pass on hard, chewy and sticky foods. Also, we advise not biting into foods like apples or corn on the cob with your front teeth. You can still enjoy some of these foods, but cut them into smaller pieces and chew with your back teeth.

After eating, thoroughly brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush. Bits of food can get caught in braces easily, which can lead to cavities inflamed gingival tissue. Floss at least once each day, taking care not to pull too hard and damage your brackets. Use waxed floss and a floss threader to make flossing underneath the wires easier.

Wear a mouth guard if you are playing active sports. This protects your teeth and helps avoid damaging your braces.
Follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding when and how to wear your orthodontic appliances. The more avidly you follow the prescribed care, the less likely you are to be in treatment for longer than necessary.

With proper treatment, care and follow-up, both Invisalign and traditional braces can help achieve a great smile. If you think you or your child deserves a straighter smile, contact Bubon Orthodontics today!