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How to Prepare for Invisalign®

Serving Vancouver WA and Camas WA

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So you’re thinking about getting Invisalign®, or you’ve already decided. One of the key things you may be wondering about is how to prepare for the treatment. Is there anything you have to do beforehand, or anything you should know about?

Let’s talk about it.

Things to Consider Before Getting Invisalign®

Before you decide to get Invisalign®, there are a few things you should know about it. These are mostly so you can ask yourself – “can I put up with that?” These are all minor annoyances, and if you can tolerate them, you can likely handle Invisalign®.

  • Commitment to Wear: Invisalign® aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day for optimal results. If you’re not comfortable with this commitment, it might be worth considering.
  • Discomfort: Some initial discomfort is common as your teeth start moving. Think of it as a sign that the treatment is working!
  • Maintenance: Aligners need to be cleaned regularly to avoid staining and maintain oral hygiene.
  • Diet Changes: You’ll need to remove aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. This can be seen as an opportunity to make healthier food choices.
  • Speech Adjustment: You might experience a slight lisp initially, but it typically resolves as you get used to the aligners.

What to Do Before Getting Invisalign®

Maybe you’ve already made your appointment. You’re eagerly awaiting getting started. In the meantime, here are a few things to do or keep in mind.

The Day Before

  • Relax and Rest: Ensure you get a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed and ready.
  • Stock Up on Supplies: Make sure you have a soft-bristled toothbrush, dental floss, and an aligner cleaning solution.
  • Prepare Soft Foods: Consider having soft foods available for the first few days if you experience any initial discomfort.

The Day of Treatment

  • Morning Routine: Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before your appointment.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth fresh and hydrated.
  • Arrive Early: Plan to arrive a bit early to fill out any necessary paperwork and relax before your appointment.

That’s it! That was easy, huh?

Finding the Right Provider for You

There’s one more thing that’s important you should know about, and that’s choosing the right dentist. Here are some tips to ensure you make the best choice:

  • Consult Multiple Dentists: Don’t hesitate to meet with a few dentists to compare their approaches and recommendations.
  • Ask Questions: Inquire about their experience with Invisalign®, success rates, and patient testimonials.
  • Comfort Level: Choose a provider you feel comfortable with, as this relationship will be important throughout your treatment.
  • Office Environment: Visit the office to ensure it feels welcoming and comfortable for you.

Ready to Get Started? Schedule a Consultation!

Ready to take the next step towards a beautiful smile? Schedule a consultation at our comfortable Vancouver, WA office today. 

Our knowledgeable team is here to provide top-notch care and guide you on your journey to a smile you’ll love. Contact us now and start your Invisalign® journey with us!

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How to Prepare for Invisalign® in Vancouver WA

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Vancouver, WA, and the surrounding communities of Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie, Battle Ground, Orchards

Cascade Park East, Hockinson, Cascade Park West, Minnehaha, and Walnut Grove