*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign® clear aligners*
We started our Invisalign® treatment a little over a year ago with my 12-year-old.
When we began, because his bite needed some pretty aggressive alignment, he was put into another apparatus designed to address this issue. He had to wear it and rubber bands on both sides for about 22 hours each day. If you’ve ever been or had a kid needing to wear rubber bands, you can imagine how that process went at our house.
But, after 12 full months of bite correction, Dude 2 has finally gotten started on his for real Invisalign clear aligners.
He was so very excited to officially be getting into his real Invisalign treatment and I have been pleasantly surprised at how well he is doing keeping them clean, wearing them regularly, and even managing his own replacement schedule without my help.
People often wonder if their kids are mature and responsible enough to wear Invisalign clear aligners, and I will be the first to say that I had my doubts initially too. He has risen to the task lately, however, and I am confident that we will be out of treatments and living a straight teeth life right on schedule.
If your child is just getting started with Invisalign treatment, here are a few things to help make the transition successful the first week.
How to Win Your First Week Wearing Invisalign
Understand that your child’s mouth will be tender.
Just like when you wear traditional braces, wearing Invisalign clear aligners is going to move your teeth. Moving your teeth can be somewhat painful. So, anticipate that your child may have some discomfort and plan for it by providing them with pain reliever (like acetaminophen) and softer foods. He has worn both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners and he finds Invisalign treatment to be less painful than traditional braces. Regardless, the tenderness usually only lasts a day or so.
Help them figure out how to get the aligners out.
One thing many people are a little shocked about is how difficult it can be to get your Invisalign clear aligners out of your mouth when you first start wearing them. They are usually a pretty tight fit at first and, for newbies who don’t know exactly where to pull or how hard, removing them the first few times might be hard. We notice that they are easiest to remove if you slide your fingers all the way to the back and pull from the molars forward.
Stock up on the denture cleaner.
You can simply brush your clear aligners with toothpaste as part of your normal daily routine and everything will be fine. Our orthodontist shared that he may like using a product like Efferdent, to soak them in, because it makes them fresher and easier to clean, particularly for younger people.
Always ask your child if they have their aligners in before leaving the house.
Until your child is in the habit of popping their aligners in after breakfast and teeth brushing in the mornings, it can be challenging for them to remember. But, they can’t get in 22 hours of wear if they don’t have them with them at school so we’ve added it to the list of things we check off as taken care of each morning.
Give your child a travel toothbrush.
And beg them to use it at school after they eat lunch. It’s important that you clean your teeth before you put the aligners back in after eating to prevent cavities.
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