Up until around 20 years ago, metal braces were your only option to straighten your teeth. Whilst metal braces are still used in severe cases and for patients who require quicker results, Invisalign is the most popular teeth straightening system.
Invisalign straightens your teeth with the use of clear aligners. Clear aligners are removable plastic trays in the shape of your teeth that gradually shift and move your teeth into the desired position. Every 2-3 weeks you will get a new aligner that takes you one step closer to your dream smile.
Invisalign patients must wear their clear aligners 22 hours per day to achieve their desired results within the timeframe specified by their orthodontist. It is important that you remove your clear aligners when you eat and drink anything besides water as the aligners are prone to staining.
Certain foods and beverages are more likely to cause staining, such as: tea, coffee, fizzy drinks with dark colourings, red wine, curry and even coloured mouthwash.
It is important that you follow your orthodontists’ instructions and brush your teeth thoroughly after you drink or eat anything, as your clear aligners will be exposed to any food particles remaining on your teeth which will cause staining. You should also ensure you are cleaning your aligners regularly to prevent build up of tartar, plaque and food debris on the surface of the aligner.Back to Blog
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