- Introduction – How to Make the Most Out of Your Clear Aligners
- Wear Your Clear Aligners for at least 22 hours a day
- Take care of your Teeth
- Keep your Aligners Clean
- Use a Toothpaste that Whitens Teeth
- Watch what you Eat
- Don’t fight with your Clear Aligners Attachments
- Change your Aligners at the Right time and in the Right Order
- Use Clear Aligner Chewies
- Use Retainers after the Treatment is Completed
The Clear aligners, also called “invisible braces,” are a popular way to treat people who don’t like how traditional metal braces look. Clear aligners are made to fit each person’s teeth by using the latest technology in dental aligners.
But as an orthodontic patient, you can help determine how quickly and well they work. Here are 10 easy ways to make your Clear aligners treatment go better:
Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a dayIt can take a little while to get used to wearing removable aligners all day, but this is an important part of your treatment. You have to wear them for at least 22 hours every day. You should only take them out to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. When you wear the aligners all the time, they start to fit better, which keeps the treatment time for clear aligners from getting longer. Also, the more you wear your aligners, the better each new set will feel.
Take care of your teethDuring the treatment, it’s important to keep your teeth and mouth clean because food can get stuck in your aligners or between your teeth. This makes bacteria and plaque grow, which makes you more likely to get tooth decay. You should brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day to get food out of your teeth. During your treatment, you should drink a lot of fresh water and stay away from foods that are hard or sticky.
Keep Your Aligners Clean
Clear aligners need to be cleaned in the right way.
Here are some useful suggestions for cleaning your aligners:
- You can either use the Clear aligners Cleaning System, which has special crystals that get rid of plaque on your aligners, or you can use a toothbrush.
- Warm water and antibacterial solution can be used to clean your aligners.
- You can also clean your braces with toothpaste.
- Clear aligners can lose their clearness if they aren’t cleaned well or if they get food on them that stains for eg: Coffee. Also, if food gets stuck in them, they can look cloudy and even start to smell bad.
Use a Toothpaste that Whitens TeethDuring treatment, whitening toothpaste works better because the fluoride and whitening agent in it are not washed away by saliva and are kept in place by the aligners.
Watch what you Eat
Clear aligners can change many things about the way you eat. You will have to stop eating snacks because you only have 2 hours to eat and brush your teeth. This means that you will need to eat a healthy diet so that you don’t feel lethargic from eating lesser than before.
Don’t forget to drink enough water, too, because your mouth may salivate a lot when you have aligners in it, which can make you feel a little bit dehydrated.
Don’t fight against the Clear aligners AttachmentsAs part of your treatment, your clear aligners provider may suggest using attachments. These are small dots of dental bonding material that are stuck to certain teeth. These clear aligners attachments hold the aligners in place and give them a better grip so they don’t move around. Attachments for clear aligners can be made to match the color of your natural teeth and are usually not very noticeable. However, they can make a big difference in how well and quickly your treatment works.
Change your Aligners at the Right Time and in the Right OrderListen to your orthodontist if he or she tells you to keep your aligners on for a few more days or to change them more often. If you put in different trays without your orthodontist’s OK, you will only slow down your treatment.
Always Carry a Retainer CaseWhen you take out your clear aligners, you should either put them in a case. It’s very easy to lose or damage your retainers by accident. Instead, if you keep your retainers in a case, you will always know where to find them when you need to put them back in.
Use Clear Aligner ChewiesChewies are small, soft cushions that help close any air gaps between your clear aligners and your teeth. These cylinder-shaped cushions are made of Styrene Copolymer, which is a soft plastic-like material. They come in different colours and flavours. Biting on them for a few times a day helps your aligner “sit” better, so it fits more securely against your teeth. At first, your new aligners might not fit very well. Adding extra pressure with chewies can help you straighten your teeth faster.
Use a Retainer after Treatment is completed
Yes, we know you’re excited to be done with clear aligners for good, but you might need to wear a retainer. This is because it takes time for your teeth to get used to their new positions in the gums and jawbone. A retainer is a device that is made just for you to keep your teeth in place after you take off your aligners. Depending on how your orthodontic treatment is going, your orthodontist may tell you to wear your retainers all day or even all night.
Clear aligners might not be the best way to fix very crooked teeth, but they are a good way to fix minor bite and alignment problems that don’t show. Talk to your Clear aligners’ provider about your treatment plan or visit www.smilepath.com.au right now to get your clear aligners delivered at your doorstep.
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How do clear aligners work?
There is a set of clear aligners, and each aligner puts a precise force on your teeth to correct their position.
How long does the Invisible braces treatment last?
Depending on the severity of the case, you might only wear them for 4-6 months.
Can I eat and drink with clear aligners on?
No, you have to remove them before eating because munching on snacks or food items can break or damage your clear aligners.