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