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Can I just wear Invisalign at night?

orthodontics CypressInvisalign is considered the future of orthodontics because it offers patients a convenient and comfortable way to straighten a crooked smile with a series of clear plastic trays that can be removed at mealtime and for the daily oral hygiene routine. Although the trays can be removed when necessary, they must be worn between 20 and 22 hours a day in order to move the teeth into the desired positions.

In order to achieve the desired treatment outcomes with Invisalign patients must closely follow their dentist’s instructions. If you wear the trays less than 20 hours, for example, only while asleep, you may not get the smile you are hoping to achieve.

Patients also must change the trays according to the schedule provided by your dentist. Most patients switch to a new Invisalign tray every other week or so. Although Invisalign doesn’t require brackets and wires like traditional orthodontics, it is based on the same principles as conventional orthodontic treatment, with specific forces applied to the teeth to reposition them. The tray-changing schedule is designed to facilitate this movement.

Even if you’re thinking you’d rather just wear the trays at night, within a few weeks you may find that Invisalign is so compatible with your lifestyle that it’s not even a nuisance to wear the trays all day. You won’t have to give up your favorite foods since you can remove the trays at mealtime. Just be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating to clear away any lingering food particles.

Aesthetic concerns also are less prominent with Invisalign than standard braces.  Invisalign trays are barely detectable to the naked eye, so they will not detract from your smile’s appearance. In fact, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your treatment in real time!

You may be tempted to try to scale back on the hours that you wear your Invisalign trays, but doing so can compromise your treatment outcomes. Ideally, the comfort and convenience of Invisalign will cause minimal, if any, disruption to your daily routine. However, if you have any concerns about how Invisalign will impact your life, discuss these issues with our skilled dental team. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

Foods to Choose for Healthy Teeth

Cypress dentalA healthy, nutritious diet can help to support your other efforts to protect your oral health, like daily brushing and flossing and routine appointments with your dentist. Similarly, a diet heavy on sweet treats and other junk foods can damage your smile. If you want to maintain a beautiful smile, you should know which foods are best to eat and which ones are better left on the shelf.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables promotes your dental health in addition to your overall well-being. They are full of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your teeth and gums. Calcium-rich dairy foods, like yogurt, low-fat milk and cottage cheese are also good snack options, as they contain calcium, which is important in fortifying tooth enamel.

Too much added sugar can have negative consequences for your dental health, especially when you consume candies, cakes and other similar snacks between meals. Simple carbohydrates, like sugars, provide a readily available nutritional source for the bacteria that wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. It’s important to enjoy such treats only on rare occasion.

If you do want to enjoy a dessert or sweetened beverage, do so with a meal. The increased saliva production at meal time can help to clear away bacteria. Foods with a lot of fiber can also counteract the sugars. [pullquote]A diet rich in fruits and vegetables promotes your dental health in addition to your overall well-being.[/pullquote]

Patients may also want to limit their consumption of acidic foods, especially if they have already endured a lot of wear and tear on the teeth. Foods and beverages like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and soda are very acidic and may contribute to tooth decay.

Be sure that you are drinking enough water each day, too. Dehydration can correspond with reduced saliva production, so getting enough H2O is essential to your oral health.

The foods you eat can have a significant impact on your oral health. If you have any concerns about foods you should or shouldn’t be eating, ask your dentist for some guidance by calling 281-256-6866 today.