If you are receiving orthodontic treatment using Invisalign clear aligners then you will need to ensure that you keep some things with you to help care for your teeth throughout treatment. Our Ontario dentists share some of the things you will need for Invisalign treatment on the go.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to allow you to continue to live your life the way you want, while still providing the orthodontic treatment you require.
While your life will probably not be drastically altered to accommodate your orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you will have to be mindful of. You will have to brush and floss your teeth more frequently, and keep your aligners safe when they are not in your mouth in order to keep them clean and fresh, so there are a few essential items you need to carry with you for the duration of your treatment.
A pouch to store all of your essentials.
To start, you’ll need a pouch to keep all of your Invisalign maintenance items in. It needs to be something durable that you can toss in your bag, backpack, desk or locker. You're also going to want the pouch to be zippered, with a lining that's water-resistant (for damp toothbrushes).
A case to store your aligners when you are eating or cleaning your teeth.
When your aligners are not in your mouth, they should be clean and stored in your aligner case. Keep the case with you at all times so that you have a safe, clean place to store your aligners while you're eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Those who do not carry their aligner case with them have a higher chance of breaking or damaging their aligners, which will cause delays in treatment while you wait for the tray to be replaced.
Lip balm to help soothe dry lips.
Keep your favourite lip balm in your kit. With orthodontic treatment comes dry lips, especially while you’re getting used to wearing your aligners. Be prepared so you don't experience any added discomfort.
Travel toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste to clean after eating.
Each time you take out your aligners to eat, you should brush and floss your teeth afterward. You really don’t want food particles and debris stuck between your aligners and your teeth for the rest of the day, so be sure you brush and floss thoroughly before putting your aligners back in your mouth.
“Outie” Aligner Removal Tool for when they are tough to remove.
Sometimes, your aligners will just be especially tight, particularly when you first switch over to a new set. This handy tool will help you detach your aligner from your teeth in these cases.
Mints or breath spray for the moments you would normally chew gum.
You can’t chew gum with your Invisalign aligners in place, so if you're concerned about having bad breath, mints or breath spray will help you feel more confident.