How to care for invisible aligners

invisaligners

Many people want to have their teeth straightened when they are an adult and if you grew up in the 1990s, you may believe that the only way that this is possible is to wear a fitted metal brace. This option, to be honest, is not going to fit in with a modern adult lifestyle unless it is necessary.

Luckily, in the last 20 years, there has been a shift in adult orthodontic care towards clear braces and invisible aligners. Meaning that now you can get your teeth straightened without needing to sacrifice discretion. Of course, you have to be deemed suitable to wear an invisible aligner, but you will be surprised at what these nifty and removable options can do.

You may also want to know a little bit about the daily care of these aligners before choosing them, so the following short article is a daily care guide for Invisalign Wagga.

Keep them in

As mentioned before, one of the key differences between invisible aligners and fitted braces is that invisible aligners are removable, which means you can take them out to eat food and brush your teeth. This means you will not have to restrict your favourite foods and your oral hygiene will not have to suffer as a result of orthodontic care.

woman about to wear an invisaligner

However, this can create a bit of a challenge for certain patients who may feel a bit less than eager to keep their aligners in for the required time. Your dentist will be able to give you a more personalised daily wear time but on average, you will need to wear the aligners for around 22 hours per day. If you do not, your teeth may revert to their former positions or may stop moving altogether, thus prolonging the treatment.

Keep them clean

Another thing to consider when using invisible aligners is that you will have to keep them clean. Because they’re removable, you can wash them with these in a sink using a toothbrush to remove the most stubborn stuck-on debris. Even though it is tempting to run a stubborn stain under a hot tap, you should avoid doing so with invisible aligners, as this can cause the aligner itself to warp out of shape and render it useless. So always aim to clean your aligners under a cold water tap to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keep them carefully

It is very tempting when you are out and about to simply remove your aligners and chuck them into your bag. But this is not suitable, as the aligners are made of plastic and once again, can warp or become damaged when in a bag or pocket. You will be given a set of aligner carry cases which it is best to use to keep the aligners in one piece.

Keep in touch!

A key benefit of clear aligners is that you do not have to visit your dentist to have them tightened or adjusted as you would with a fitted brace. However, you will need to download an associated app onto your smartphone for this treatment to work. This will allow you to keep in regular contact with your dentist and will enable you to send them photos of your smile each week, so they can assess and track the progress of the aligners. You must adhere to this step, as not doing so can result in your treatment going off track and potentially worsening your orthodontic issues.

DISCLAIMER OFFSITE

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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