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At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we believe that a beautiful smile can boost your confidence and improve your overall oral health. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth discreetly, Invisalign might be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign aligners are a popular choice among our Charleston patients due to their effectiveness and nearly invisible appearance. Another big reason for Invisalign’s popularity is its ability to be removed or taken out at the patient’s discretion. However, if you want to stay on track with your treatment, it is important to know when and when not to remove your Invisalign trays.

Understanding Invisalign

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that involves using a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. These aligners are made from smooth, comfortable plastic and fit snugly over your teeth, virtually unnoticeable to others. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign offers numerous benefits, such as being removable, allowing you to maintain your oral hygiene routine without any restrictions.

When to Take Out Your Invisalign Trays

While the convenience of removable aligners is one of Invisalign’s highlights, it is crucial to wear them consistently to achieve the best results in the shortest possible time. Our dentist recommends wearing your aligners for about 20-22 hours out of the day. Here are some key moments that you can and should take out your Invisalign trays:

1. Eating and Drinking

The beauty of Invisalign lies in the fact that you can easily remove your aligners during meals. This means you can continue enjoying all your favorite foods without worrying about getting food stuck in wires or brackets. However, it is essential to remember to brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in to maintain good oral hygiene.

2. Oral Hygiene Routine

Maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine is vital during Invisalign treatment. Whenever you brush and floss your teeth, take out your aligners to ensure you thoroughly clean every surface of your teeth and gums. Keeping your aligners and teeth clean will prevent bacteria buildup, bad breath, and potential dental issues.

3. Special Occasions

While Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day, we understand that some special occasions might arise when you’d prefer not to wear them, such as weddings or important public speaking events. On such occasions, you can remove your aligners for a short period. However, make sure to wear them consistently before and after the event to maintain the progress of your treatment.

4. Sports and Physical Activities

If you engage in contact sports or physical activities where there is a risk of getting hit in the mouth, it is advisable to remove your aligners and wear a protective mouthguard instead. Once your activity is complete, remember to clean your teeth and aligners thoroughly before reinserting them.

Invisalign Checkups

Throughout your treatment journey, you’ll have periodic checkups with our experienced dental professionals. During these visits, you’ll receive new sets of aligners to continue progressing toward your smile goals. Follow the instructions provided during these appointments to ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment.

Learn More from a Charleston Invisalign Provider

At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we believe that Invisalign is an excellent choice for achieving a straighter smile without the hassle of traditional braces. By understanding when to take out your Invisalign trays and maintaining diligent care, you’ll be well on your way to a confident, beautiful smile. If you’re considering Invisalign treatment or have any questions about orthodontic options, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our skilled team. Together, let’s transform your smile and boost your self-assurance for a lifetime of happiness.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients. Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his…

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