For a great smile and healthier teeth, you need more than a dentist – you should also consider orthodontist. Essentially, these specialists are trained with the diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and correction of bad bites. Keep in mind that if you have a good bite, it is easier to bite, chew and talk.
To correct bites, the most common orthodontic treatment is braces. Braces entail putting metal brackets on every tooth with wires and bands. While effective, this treatment can lead to more oral problems if hygiene is not maintained. Mostly, braces are conspicuous.
If you want an inconspicuous Orthodontics treatment, it is time that you ask for clear aligners. Clear aligners are so inconspicuous that they are considered “invisible”. This is popular for teens and adults who want to hide the fact that they are undergoing treatment. Clear aligners are also as effective like braces because it can move the teeth into the desired position with gradual force.
To help you make the most of clear aligners, here’s how to live with it:
Remove it when you eat
The good thing about clear aligners is it does not affect your food consumption, unlike traditional metal braces. In traditional metal braces, you are restricted to soft foods so if you enjoy nuts and other hard foods, you need to survive a few months without it. With clear aligners, you can simply remove it when eating.
Remove it when playing contact sports
Do not substitute clear aligners with a mouthguard just because you think they look the same. Clear aligners are only designed to straighten your teeth – not protect them. If you are playing contact sports, it is advisable to remove clear aligners and replace it with a mouthguard.
Keep your clear aligners clean
Keeping your clear aligners clean is not that difficult when compared to traditional metal braces because it is removable. When it comes to cleaning, you should remember two things – keeping your mouth and trays clean.
The first thing you should do is clean your mouth thoroughly. You can easily do this by brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal or snack. Do not skip brushing because your tray will get a plaque, food, and bacteria. Keep in mind that aligners are put close to your teeth and this can trap things next to your gum and teeth. If ignored, this can lead to more damage.
The second thing you need to do is keep your trays clean. There are different methods you can consider to keep your trays clean. You can for instance soak trays in mouthwash. This mouthwash can be 50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide or 50% water and 50% vinegar. You can also buy solutions or cleaning kits from your orthodontist.
Know what to expect
Clear aligners are inconspicuous because they are made from clear and thin plastic-like trays, which are custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth. You should know that there are a series of aligners developed to help move the teeth.
The aligner can move teeth a fraction of a millimeter. This is the reason why every aligner is only worn for two to three weeks. The number of aligners will be based on your teeth problem. You just have to continue changing your aligners until such time that it can move teeth into its desired position.