Getting Through the First Two Days of Invisible Braces

Invisible braces, like Invisalign, are an increasingly popular way to get straighter teeth, helping you stay more confident in your appearance while you go through the orthodontic process. Another benefit they have over traditional wire braces is that they're more comfortable to wear, although, as you have something unfamiliar in your mouth, it can be tough to get used to.

Most people do get used to their braces, though—it just takes a bit of perseverance in some cases. The trick is to get through the first two days, after which you should find it all a lot easier. Here are some tips to help you make it.

Keep your trays in

One of the great things about invisible braces is that you can take them out for short periods, which helps with brushing your teeth and eating. In the first two days, however, it's important to keep them in as much as possible. When they feel a bit uncomfortable, it's tempting to remove them, but this just delays you getting used to them and feeling more comfortable. It also makes them less effective. Keep them in all the time, only removing them to brush your teeth, and you'll notice an improvement quickly.

Eat soft foods

You need to be careful what you eat during your orthodontic treatment because unsuitable foods may increase your discomfort. For the first two days, stick to the softest foods you can, like soup and ice cream, so you can get used to eating. After this point, you can begin experimenting with firmer food, but go carefully and don't try to eat anything too hard or crunchy.

Practice speaking on your own

Having an unfamiliar object in your mouth can affect your speech, which may feel embarrassing. You can get around this to a certain extent with practice, however. Spend time on your own during the first two days, practising speaking to yourself in the mirror. You might feel silly, but it will help when you next talk to other people.

Get a care kit together

Keeping your braces clean is important. It's helpful to get a kit together with a toothbrush and toothpaste, plus retainer-cleaning solution. Getting used to carrying this with you during the first two days helps cement the habit for the long term.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

If you notice any unusually high levels of discomfort or if you're in pain, talk to your dentist quickly. It's best to sort this out in the first couple of days of having your braces so you can continue with the treatment problem-free.