Survival guide for invisible aligners

Do you want to straighten your smile using an invisible aligner, but have heard that the daily use of them can be a bit tricky?

In this article, 4 key ways to survive using Invisalign Maidstone are discussed, so you can learn quickly and easily how to use this nifty aligner.

Keep them in!

OK, so when you are wearing an invisible aligner, it can be all too tempting to remove them for longer than you should. But general advice of course means that you should be wearing them for at least 22 hours per day, or as your dentist recommends.

If you fail to do this, then not only will your treatment time be longer than anticipated, but your teeth may begin to revert into their former positions. In short, all that work of realigning your teeth will come undone and you may need to order more aligners.

Remember, each aligner in a series is only designed to be worn for around 14 days, and so by leaving your aligners out and prolonging this time, you run the risk of wearing out the aligner too.

So, to ensure your treatment runs smoothly, keep them in your mouth!


Clean them daily

While it may sound obvious, when you are wearing clear aligners, you will need to keep them clean.

This not only helps them to track better (or slot correctly over your teeth), but it also ensures that they stay invisible, so that no one will be able to spot them in your daily life. Being made from clear plastic, the cleaning process is exceedingly simple; just rinse them under a cold tap twice a day and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris. Refrain from using mouthwashes or hot water, as the mouthwash can cause staining and the hot water can cause them to melt and warp; not what you want when you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment!

Mini toothbrushes will be needed

Toothbrushes have already been mentioned concerning keeping the aligners clean, but you will also need to keep your teeth clean when you wear invisible aligners.

When you remove your aligners to eat food, before placing them back in your mouth, you will need to clean your teeth. And the easiest way to do this is with a mini toothbrush that you have tucked into your bag or briefcase.

Remember, invisible aligners press up against your teeth and if you fail to keep your teeth clean, then any debris and food particles will be pressed against the enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. So, clean your teeth before you put your aligners in!

Report any issues

And finally, as obvious as it sounds, if you have any issues with your aligners tracking or if you notice extensive discomfort while wearing them, you should always contact your dentist for an assessment.

After all, unreported issues can lead to teeth moving unpredictably and a delay in treatment time. As you deserve your straighter smile as soon as possible, any issues should be reported promptly!

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