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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.


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Tips For Getting Used To Your Invisalign

by April Myers

Invisalign aligners are a lot more convenient than ordinary braces. They won't poke you in the tongue, and most people won't be able to tell that you are wearing them. Still, it can take some time to adapt to wearing Invisalign. Here are some tips for getting used to Invisalign during your first couple of weeks with your aligners.

1. Set an alarm to remind you to take them out before eating.

One of the awesome things about Invisalign is that you can take your aligners out to eat. However, many new patients forget to take their aligners out before biting into their meal. This can cause your aligners to become extra dirty and contribute to tooth decay, and it can also break your aligners. To help you remember to take your aligners out before eating, set an alarm to go off about 5 minutes before you plan on eating a meal. You may also want to set a second alarm to remind yourself to put the aligners back in.

2. Buy the official Invisalign cleaner.

Your orthodontist will likely tell you there are two options for keeping your aligners clean. You can brush them like you brush your teeth, or you can pop them into some cleaner made by Invisalign. While you may not want to pay extra for the official cleaner, doing so can make adapting to Invisalign a lot easier. You won't have to put as much effort into cleaning your aligners, so you're more likely to get into the routine of doing it, and you won't notice an unpleasant odor if you're not as thorough about brushing the aligners as you should be.

3. Practice speaking at home.

Even though the aligners are small and pretty much invisible, it can be hard to speak clearly with them in at first. In order to avoid being embarrassed in public, try practicing speaking at home. You can read to yourself out loud, have conversations with family members, or just record yourself speaking and see how you sound. The "s" and "th" sounds tend to be the hardest to say at first, but if you spend just a couple of minutes each day practicing, you'll soon speak as clearly as ever.

To learn more about adapting to Invisalign aligners, speak to your dentist or orthodontist. They can address any specific concerns that come up throughout the weeks and months.