The notion that Invisalign necessitates too many lifestyle changes is preventing a ridiculous amount of people from trying this potentially life-changing treatment.
Every medical procedure has its not-so-pleasant demands and among the most common malocclusion treatments, Invisalign is arguably the least taxing in terms of post-procedural requirements.
Better yet, most changes are in the interests of your health, albeit they may compromise your lifestyle choices.
Here are three lifestyle changes you should buckle up for once you agree to undergo the Invisalign treatment.
Drinking and smoking
You may have to cut back on your alcohol intake to avoid exposing your teeth and gums to sugar that may be retained in the trays.
Smoking is mostly discouraged as it can discolor the clear aligners nullifying the quality you probably bought them for in the first place.
Your mealtime schedule
The fact that you cannot eat while wearing Invisalign aligners and that you can only remove them for at most two hours a day means you may have to adjust your mealtime schedule during the treatment period. Basically, you have to fit all three meals and snack breaks into the two-hour window.
Your teeth-brushing routine
Oral hygiene is important when using Invisalign aligners. Food particles may accumulate in the trays over time exposing your teeth and gums to bacteria and infections. But then again, brushing frequently may take too much of the little 2-hour break you have every day, disrupting and potentially lengthening the treatment period.
The best way to be time-effective while maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is to brush your teeth immediately after you eat. This way, the only time you will have to remove the aligners is during meals.