3 Things To Know When You First Get Invisible Braces

If you are using invisible braces as an orthodontic treatment to align your teeth, you may have chosen them because they are not that noticeable to people looking at you. However, you're going to need to notice them and ensure they do their job. Here are three things you should know when you first get invisible braces so you can care for them properly.

You Should Avoid Using Toothpaste for Cleaning Braces

It might be tempting to squeeze a drop of toothpaste onto your braces to clean them. However, this could cause damage to the braces. A lot of toothpastes have grainy abrasives which can scratch the surface of your invisible braces. Toothpaste may also leave a little buildup behind, which can cause braces to have a yellow tint.

To make sure this doesn't happen, stick with water and a toothbrush when cleaning your braces. If you like, using a few drops of mild dish detergent might help with stains.

Be Careful with Beverages

You might already know that it's a good idea to take off your braces while you're eating a meal. However, throughout the day you might be drinking beverages that could stain your braces. If you enjoy coffee, soda, wine and other stain-causing drinks, remember to take the braces out as you drink them or you can avoid those drinks altogether. You might also choose to enjoy beverages through a straw; that way, you minimize the contact that the drinks have with your braces and can avoid staining them.

Be Sure to Wear Them Long Enough

Whether you take your braces out for a few minutes to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or are just uncomfortable with your braces in the first few weeks of wearing them, it is important to remember that the braces have a job to do. To make sure your invisible braces are most effective and straighten your teeth, you need to wear them long enough, about 20 hours a day.

If you are uncomfortable or have other reasons why you aren't wearing your braces as long as you should, be sure to talk to your orthodontist to find out what can be done.

Use the information laid out in this article to help you take care of your invisible braces when you first get them. If you can heed the information above, your orthodontic treatment can be a success. Click here to continue reading about orthodontic treatment options.