If you have decided to use Invisalign to correct your crooked teeth, you'll be given a set of plastic alignment trays that are designed to last you about two weeks. Even though these trays are disposable, it is still possible to damage them in those two weeks if you are not careful. Here are some tips that will help you prevent accidental damage.
Remove The Trays When Eating
You should always take the trays out of your mouth when you are eating, even if it is a small snack. The trays are likely to become damaged from the pressure that you put on them, or stained from the food that you are eating.
Get A Case For Your Trays
There will be times that you want to take out your Invisalign trays for various reasons, which is most likely when you're eating at work or at a restaurant. However, many people make the mistake of putting them in a napkin and forgetting about them and even throw them away by accident. It's a good idea to get a case to put the trays in temporarily, which will help you remember that they were taken off and need to go back in.
Avoid Hot Coffee
Invisalign trays are supposed to be removed any time you are drinking a beverage other than water. Unfortunately, some people think that they can still take some morning sips of coffee while they're in the car or on the go. This is not good for the plastic trays because hot coffee can actually cause them to change their shape and deform. This will make the treatment with those trays ineffective, which is not good for when you are ready to change to the next set of trays.
Drink With A Straw
While you may not want to drink your coffee with a straw, it is the best way to have the liquid avoid hitting your teeth when drinking it. A straw also works great for dark beverages, like sodas, which can cause your trays to become stained and not invisible anymore. If you are against using plastic straws because of the environmental waste, it may be a good idea to buy some washable metal straws instead.
Looking for more tips on how to ensure that your Invisalign trays last for the entire duration that they stay on? To find out what else you can do at home, contact a local dentist, such as Parkview Dental.