How to maximize the benefits of Invisalign

Feb 17, 2022

Our Manotick Main Dental office services many people with the Invisalign orthodontic process. We understand that you are investing in the Barrhaven Invisalign method, and we have some suggestions about how to make the most of your experience.

How to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.

First two days

During the first 48 hours, wear your Invisalign tray as much as possible. Remove it to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Return the tray to your mouth as soon as possible. This is a critical step in a successful realignment.

Ongoing wear time

For the best results, the individual should wear the tray for a minimum of 22 hours a day. There are no exceptions. If you do not wear the tray for that length of time each day, your teeth will not realign.

Changing aligners

You must comply with your dentist’s instructions on changing the aligner tray. Your treatment will not accelerate if you change the tray before it is due. It will take a professional opinion to know when it is the right time to go to another tray.

Initial Adjustments

Your mouth will likely feel different during the first few days of wearing the tray. This is common. As your mouth and brain adjust to the tray in your mouth for 22 hours, it will become less noticeable. Removing and replacing the trays frequently during that time will not make the sensations disappear more quickly.

Speech pattern

Initially, you will probably speak with a slight lisp while you are adjusting to wearing the Invisalign. This will disappear the more you wear the trays and the more you talk.


Invisalign offers the orthodontist some options to help with the treatments like realigning a problematic tooth. These are called buttons. Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions about these attachments in order to shorten the treatment time.


Because the trays are pressed tightly against your teeth, you must maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing to remove any trace of bacteria before you replace the tray. This will prevent complications from cavities.


You will be given instructions on caring for the trays when they are out of your mouth. They must be cleaned each time they are out of your mouth to prevent bacteria. Invisalign offers the option of their Retainer Brite cleaning crystals, but you can also use a clear, antibacterial soft soap, but toothpaste is not recommended because it can scratch the trays.


It is always essential to keep your body hydrated but more so when using an orthodontic device. Your mouth will produce more saliva when you wear the trays. The dentist will give you guidelines about how much water you should drink and what beverages you should avoid.


There will come the point when your dentist tells you the process is basically complete. However, you will be given some instructions to ensure that the correction will last the rest of your life.  

Book an appointment to discuss Barrhaven Invisalign.

Our dental professionals at Manotick Main Dental are happy to help you clarify any issues and to reinforce the instructions. We want your experience with Invisalign to be beneficial. Schedule an appointment to discuss an Invisalign treatment with our Barrhaven dentist. We will be glad to help you get the smile of your dreams.