Invisible braces like Invisalign have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces for adults looking for discreet orthodontic treatment.
While invisible aligners offer many benefits compared to traditional braces, wearing removable plastic trays can present some unique social challenges.
When you're out to dinner with friends or having fun at a party, you may feel self-conscious about having to remove your aligners to eat or drink. And you might be nervous to show your smile with braces, even if they are practically invisible.
The good news is there are easy tips and tricks to handle social situations gracefully while going through an Invisalign treatment.
Tips for Managing Invisible Braces in Social Situations
1. Eating and Drinking
When wearing clear aligners like Invisalign, you'll need to remove them before eating or drinking anything other than water. To avoid drawing lots of attention to this process in social settings, learn how to quickly and subtly pop your aligners in and out. If you're looking to minimize the time and effort regarding the removal of your aligners, ThePultool makes the removal of your aligners simple and efficient. Excuse yourself to the restroom if needed. Consider ordering soft or liquid foods when dining out so you can sneak bites without aligners. And don't forget to brush or at least rinse after eating, before reinserting your trays.
2. Speaking and Smiling
While invisible braces are barely noticeable, you may still feel self-conscious about your smile. Practice speaking clearly with your aligners in your mouth. Smile confidently, remembering that minor imperfections are far less visible than you imagine. People will be focused on your warm personality, not scrutinizing your teeth.
3. Cleaning and Maintenance
Carry portable aligner cleaning tools for discreet upkeep such as the SmileSaver. Excuse yourself to privately remove food debris or rinse with water. Don't forget your case to protect aligners when not in your mouth. Proper maintenance will keep your invisible braces clean and fresh.
Questions About Invisible Braces
Do invisible braces affect speech?
At first, speaking with removable plastic aligners may feel awkward, but practice talking out loud to get used to the feeling. Most patients adapt within a few days. If speech is impacted, bring it up to your orthodontist. They can adjust your treatment plan or provide speech therapy exercises. With a little time and effort, you'll be speaking clearly again in no time.
Can others notice my invisible braces?
Clear aligners like Invisalign are nearly impossible to detect. The transparent plastic blends right in with your natural teeth. In some cases, aligners can make teeth look slightly glossier. But only the most observant friends will be able to spot your invisible braces. And chances are, they won't be staring that closely at your mouth anyway!
Movemints: Your Partner in Invisible Braces Care
As an orthodontist-designed product, Movemints provides a fresher and more comfortable experience for those undergoing clear aligner treatment. The sugar-free mints feature a patented groove that fits conveniently between aligners, allowing you to gently bite down and seat your trays properly. This promotes optimal tooth movement and tray fit. Movemints also freshen breath while fighting dry mouth - a common side effect of wearing aligners.
Build Your Bundle: Custom Solutions for Invisible Braces
Create your own personalized bundle of Movemints products, plus handy aligner accessories. Get mints for seamlessly seating aligners on-the-go. Add an aligner removal tool for quick, hands-free tray removal.
And don't forget our aligner cleaning spray for discreet freshening. With Movemints by your side, you'll breeze through all those upcoming social events with your invisible braces.
Invisible Braces FAQ
How many hours per day should I wear invisible braces?
Clear aligner treatment plans are customized, but most patients are instructed to wear their removable plastic trays 20-22 hours per day. Removing aligners to eat and brush is fine. Just be sure to wear them as directed the rest of the time.
What should I do if my invisible braces cause discomfort?
Some slight discomfort is normal at first. Try rinsing with warm salt water or taking over-the-counter pain medication. If it persists for more than 2-3 days, call your orthodontist. Don't attempt to adjust trays yourself. Your treatment plan is tailored to your teeth. With professional adjustments, clear aligners should feel comfortable.