When it comes to obtaining a confident and beautiful smile, there are many treatment options available to everyone. However, wearing metal in one’s mouth might not always seem like the right fit, especially to those in the professional stage of their life.
For this reason, “invisible braces” have become a widely popular and sought-after orthodontic treatment option. At Orthodontic Experts, we call this treatment option our Clear Aligners.
Unlike metal braces that are glued, or bonded, to one’s teeth, Clear Aligners use a series of removable, transparent trays that are custom-made to each patient’s teeth. Gradually, these trays then move the teeth into their desired positions.
What are the Benefits of Clear Aligners?
Unlike metal braces, Clear Aligners are not bonded to your teeth. Instead, the trays are removeable to help you eat, drink, and keep up with good oral hygiene.
Since the aligners are not stationary, you do not need to avoid any specific foods or follow a dietary restriction.
Visits are much shorter in comparison to metal braces since there are no wires to adjust.
There are also no restrictions when it comes to sports. Instead, Clear Aligners can be removed, and mouthguards can be worn for further protection.
Clear Aligners are incognito – they are next to invisible!
Are Clear Aligners Beneficial for All Types of Orthodontic Treatments?
Clear Aligners are mostly recommended to fix mild to severe orthodontic cases. These include: underbites, overbites, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth.
Do Clear Aligners Hurt?
One of the most common misconceptions is that Clear Aligners hurt. Instead, the trays only cause mild discomfort that can be helped by eating soft and cold foods such as ice cream, frozen custard/yogurt, milkshakes, and smoothies.
What Can I Expect During My First Week of Clear Aligners Treatment?
Within the first week of receiving your personalized Clear Aligners, you might feel mild discomfort as the teeth begin to position themselves. You may also notice that your speech sounds a little different within the first couple days, but this tends to dissipate as the patient gets used to the aligners.
Are There Any Things That You Cannot Do with Clear Aligners?
Do not get them dirty – always remember to brush your teeth and your aligners upon placing them back in your mouth.
Do not scratch the aligners – take very good care of them by placing them in their container while you eat.
Do not rush the treatment – your teeth are moving at just the right pace.
Do not play with the aligners – it is possible that you may crack them.
Do not rinse them with hot water or mouthwash – these will both damage the trays.
Do not eat or drink with the aligners in your mouth – the trays are not built for the force of chewing.
Do Clear Aligners Affect My Speech?
As with any appliance that is put in the mouth, you may notice a slight change in your speech, but this is nothing to be worried about. Instead, after a few days, your tongue should be used to the trays. Furthermore, by simply practicing speaking and enunciating your words, you should be back to your normal speech in no-time.
Can I Eat And Drink Normally with My Clear Aligners?
Since Clear Aligners can be removed, there are no dietary restrictions. This means that you are able to stay on your normal diet. This means that it is necessary for Clear Aligners to be removed when eating – it is just as necessary to place them back in your mouth once you’ve finished eating and then cleaning your mouth.
When it comes to fluids, though, only water can be drunk with the aligners still in your mouth.
To drink other fluids, remember to remove the aligners, keep up with oral hygiene, and immediately place the aligners back in your mouth.
How Can I Clean My Clear Aligners?
When you wake up in the morning, be sure to clean your teeth as well as your aligners.
Remove the aligners, clean your mouth and teeth, then clean your aligners. Since a lot of bacteria can build up, it is imperative that you keep up with oral hygiene.
Rinse your aligners every time that they’re removed from your mouth.
Anytime you remove the clear aligners, be sure to rinse them with cold water – never hot water – to help wash away dried saliva. Additionally, always make sure that you have your aligner case handy so as to not leave the trays out in the open air.
Soak your trays daily in either clear aligners cleaning crystals or denture cleaner
Then, make sure to scrub the aligners with a spare toothbrush to brush away any remaining plaque or food particles.
Important Clear Aligners Reminders:
Clean your trays every day for the best results of oral hygiene with Clear Aligners.
Eat. Brush. Insert. Repeat.
Create a portable Clear Aligners Care Kit to aid in keeping up with oral hygiene and the aligners.
Use a special tool to remove your aligners. If you use your nails, it might damage your nails as well as put more bacteria in your mouth.
Track your success and set reminders to remove them, clean them, and to put them back.