How To Make Your Invisalign Treatment Quick and Easy

  • With the Invisalign system, orthodontic patients near Southborough can enjoy comfortable and easy orthodontic treatment. The series of plastic aligners makes getting a straight smile much less noticeable, but still effective. And, Invisalign offers benefits such as removability that traditional metal braces can’t offer, a reason that many patients choose Invisalign for themselves. However, Invisalign does still require some care. To get the best results from your Invisalign and make your treatment the fastest and easiest way possible, follow these simple care tips from Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham.

  1. 1. Keep Invisalign in a safe place = One problem that patients often run into when using the Invisalign system is that the trays are small and clear, making them easy to misplace. Always make sure when you are removing your Invisalign that you keep them somewhere safe, such as a case or in your purse or bag. Dr. Himelhoch also says not to wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients think this is a good place for them, but tend to forget and end up accidentally tossing the napkin out! Additionally, if you have pets at home, make sure your aligners are always high up and out of their reach, as the plastic material may be appealing for them to chew on or play with. And of course, if you do accidentally misplace your Invisalign aligners, be sure to contact Smiles in Framingham immediately.

  • 2. Remove Invisalign to eat and drink = One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that they can be removed. Dr. Himelhoch says to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you are eating or drinking. Leaving them in can lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks (remember, they are made of plastic!). Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.

  • 3. Clean your Invisalign thoroughly and properly = To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. Smiles in Framingham believes Invisalign should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. To do so, Dr. Himelhoch recommends purchasing a small baby toothbrush, and brushing the insides of the aligners softly, with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Another method that many patients use is to soak Invisalign aligners in Denture cleaner. Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak. Both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.

  • 4. Wear Invisalign as directed = The most important aspect of Invisalign care is using the system properly. Be sure to always follow the exact instructions from Smiles in Framingham. Likely, this will mean wearing your Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours a day, and being sure to change to your new set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Additionally, patients with Invisalign near Southborough should remember not to take the trays out when playing sports or participating in other activities, because these could take a long time and may throw off the schedule and mess up your final result.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following the easy instructions from Smiles in Framingham, patients can ensure their success with this system. If you are looking for an Invisalign orthodontist near Scarborough, or have any questions about your Invisalign system and how to care for it, Contact Smiles in Framingham at 508-872-0555.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:

 

The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.

 

Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.

 

Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.

 

I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.

 

Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

 

Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.

 

My very best wishes to all of you,

 

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch