Invisalign clear aligners are designed to allow you to continue living life on your terms while still providing the orthodontic treatment you need.
Although your life is unlikely to drastically change to accommodate your orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you'll have to keep in mind. You will have to brush and floss your teeth more often and safely stow your aligners when they are not in your mouth in order to keep them clean and fresh. There are a few essential items you should have on you for the duration of your treatment.
First, you’ll need a pouch to contain all of your Invisalign maintenance items. It needs to be something durable that you can toss in your bag, backpack, desk or locker. You're also going to want the pouch to be zippered, with a lining that's water-resistant (for damp toothbrushes).
Your aligner case.
When you're not wearing your aligners, you should be kept clean and stored in your aligner case. Keep the case with you so that you have a safe, clean place to store your aligners while you're eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Patients who do not carry their aligner case with them have a higher chance of breaking or damaging their aligners, which will cause delays in treatment while you wait for the tray to be replaced.
Keep your favourite lip balm in your kit. With orthodontic treatment comes dry lips, especially while you’re getting used to wearing your aligners. Be prepared so you can avoid the discomfort of chapped lips.
Travel toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste.
Each time you take out your aligners to eat, you should brush and floss your teeth afterwards. You really don’t want food particles and debris stuck between your aligners and your teeth for the rest of the day, so be sure you brush and floss thoroughly before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
'Outie' Aligner Removal Tool
Sometimes, your aligners might be especially tight, particularly when you first switch over to a new set. This handy tool will help you loosen your aligner from your teeth in these cases.
Mints or breath spray.
You can’t chew gum with your Invisalign aligners in place, so if you're concerned about having bad breath, mints or breath spray can help you feel more confident.