Are you currently waiting for your first set of aligners to arrive? While you may want to simply count down the days until you can begin treatment, this is the perfect time to gather your supplies and get everything in order. With this in mind, keep reading to learn how to prepare for Invisalign treatment.
Gather All of Your Supplies
While Invisalign is relatively hassle-free, it does require some minor changes to your day-to-day life. For example, you’ll need to begin brushing and flossing after each meal to ensure food particles and other debris aren’t held against your teeth by your aligners for hours on end. So, now is the perfect time to gather everything you’ll need. A travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash are great places to start. However, you should consider including dental wax, your dentist’s contact information, and an over-the-counter pain reliever as well.
Cut Back on Snacking
One rule that you must follow with Invisalign is the 22-hour-a-day wear time. After all, your aligners only work while you’re wearing them! Since that doesn’t leave a lot of time for snacking (especially since you’ll have to brush your teeth each time), it’s a good idea to find filling, well-balanced, and delicious meals now. If you’re having trouble, consider adding a protein shake or smoothie to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This should add some nutrients to your meal while also bumping up the satiety factor.
Start Brushing Your Teeth After Each Meal
As mentioned above, you’ll need to brush your teeth after each meal to keep your teeth decay-free during your Invisalign treatment. This serves several purposes. To start, it will help keep your teeth happy, healthy, and stain-free. Secondly, it will allow you to get used to brushing your teeth on-the-go. By the time your first aligners arrive, you’ll have worked through the challenges of completing your oral hygiene routine at the office, while at a client luncheon, or while out with friends at a restaurant.
Figure Out the Financials
One way to make your transition into life with braces smoother is by figuring out the financials ahead of time. Before your aligners arrive, talk to your dental team about your payment options. If your dental insurance covers a portion of the cost, then you may be planning to pay for your entire treatment upfront. If you’d prefer to space-out your payments into budget-friendly chunks, then CareCredit may be the best option for you. Regardless, you’ll want to have all of the payment information figured out well ahead of time.
At first, you may feel like you’ve been waiting for your aligners to arrive forever. However, this is a great time to prepare for treatment. It will help you have a smooth transition and make the time go by faster!
About the Author
Since graduating from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University, Dr. Gaitsgory has dedicated her career to helping those in her treatment chair achieve their healthiest, happiest smiles. If you have crooked, spaced-out, and otherwise misaligned teeth, then she can help discreetly guide your teeth into their properly aligned positions with Invisalign. With early morning, evening, and weekend hours, pursuing your dream smile is more convenient than ever before too! So, if you have a question about Invisalign or you’d like to schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (508) 875-0900.