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5 Hacks Everyone with Invisalign Needs to Know

5 Hacks Everyone with Invisalign Needs to Know

Invisalign is a fantastic treatment for correcting orthodontic problems discreetly and transforming your smile. It can produce really impressive results and is growing in popularity.

Not only are they almost invisible, the aligners are much more comfortable than the traditional fixed braces, and as they can be taken out, they are also much less restrictive to your lifestyle. You can still eat whatever you want comfortably, and even take them out temporarily for big events such as weddings.

If you are embarking upon an Invisalign journey, or even if you are part way through, here are some tips to make the process easier.

1. Travel Toothbrushes Are Your Friend

Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you wherever you go, if possible, and brush your teeth after every meal. If you can’t brush them right after a meal, chew some sugar-free gum, and brush them as soon as you are able. This may seem inconvenient at first, but you will soon get used to it, and your dentist will be happy with you.

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Patients who take good care to clean their teeth during Invisalign treatment are very unlikely to develop cavities.

You are also less likely to have problems with bad breath throughout the day if you are on top of your oral hygiene.

2. Switch Aligners At Night Time

When you are switching to your next set of aligners, consider changing them at night time. Take some ibuprofen, and you should be able to sleep through the initial adjustment process and avoid having to deal with any discomfort during the day time.

There isn’t usually pain between sets anyway, but particularly in the first few aligners there may be some discomfort, which can be minimised this way.

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3. Look After Your Aligners

Put them in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet in the morning. This will help keep them fresh and clean, and combat morning breath. It also helps to keep them looking nice and clear, and avoid discolouration.

Don’t use toothpaste to brush them, as it contains abrasive ingredients. This can actually cause the aligners to build up stains and odours. If you want to brush them, just use water or a mild soap.

Always carry your case with you. Don’t wrap them in a napkin when you’re out for a meal, as the risk of accidentally throwing them away is too high and they are expensive to replace!

4. Watch What You Drink

Drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated will help avoid problems such as bad breath, and stop your mouth feeling uncomfortable.

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Don’t drink hot drinks such as tea or coffee with your Invisalign in, as you could warp them. Avoid drinks such as red wine that can stain the plastic. You don’t want your stained aligners to make your teeth look yellow.

If you drink alcohol with the aligners in, opt for clear coloured drinks, such as white wine, gin, or vodka.

Avoid sugary mixers and opt for soda or tonic instead. Not only do you risk decay, but they can make your teeth feel a bit furry and unpleasant if you drink soft drinks with your aligners in.

Always brush your teeth after drinking anything other than water. You don’t have to do it after every single drink, but ideally at the end of a night out or coffee break.

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5. Wear Your Retainer

Always be prepared to wear retainers after you are finished with your Invisalign braces. If you’re investing hard earned cash into your smile, the last thing you want is for your teeth to move back to their original positions once you’ve got your braces off.

Make the most of being used to wearing your aligners regularly, and stick to wearing your retainers once you’ve finished your Invisalign treatment. You will regret it if you don’t!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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