Clear braces in front of a ring lightMany are drawn to Invisalign because of the promise that it will straighten the teeth without giving you that ‘metal’ look. Because it is made of a clear material, there are no wires involved. It is also a gentler way of straightening the teeth, dentists say. However, dentists remind that Invisalign should be worn properly.

Here are some mistakes you must try to avoid:

Removing the Aligners Often

When your dentist gives you an Invisalign offer, they are recommending it because they know it can help straighten your teeth. However, this will only work if you do wear the Invisalign for most of the day–22 hours, ideally. If you remove the Invisalign tray often, it will not be able to do its job. Besides, if you do not wear it for a long time, you may be undoing the progress it has had on your teeth so far. This will simply lengthen the total time you will need to wear Invisalign to get to your desired results.

Drinking Alcohol While Wearing Invisalign

The Invisalign tray is supposed to fit your teeth, but there may be enough gap for the sugar content in alcohol and other fizzy drinks to get in. The sugar in your drink, or even that found in the food you eat, may lead to tooth decay. It is recommended that you clean your mouth as well as your invisible aligner after consuming alcohol.

Smoking While Wearing Invisalign

Smoking will not affect how Invisalign aligns your teeth, but it will have an effect on the tray and, consequently, your teeth. Wearing Invisalign while smoking may stain the tray, which may transfer the staining onto the teeth. In fact, smoking may stain the teeth on its own. That is something you do not want as a result of straightening your teeth.

When it comes to straightening the teeth using Invisalign, you need to be a responsible patient. Ask your dentist about the do’s and don’ts of wearing Invisalign, to make sure you are getting the results you want without any side effects.