If you have just begun treatment with invisible aligners, you may have a few questions about the daily wear and what is required for you to get the most out of them.
Luckily, using an aligner such as Invisalign Macleod is not overly complicated but does require you to follow a set of instructions.
In the following article, you will be given a brief survival guide as to how to manage your invisible aligners in your day-to-day life to ensure that they do straighten your teeth and that you experience as few issues with them as possible. Enjoy!
5 tips for maintaining invisible aligners
Keep them in!
Invisible aligners are often removable and as such, it can be tempting for patients to take them out and leave them out for extended periods.
This can have a detrimental effect on the treatment; this is because for invisible aligners to work, you need to leave them in for at least 22 hours per day or as directed by your dentist.
Failure to keep your aligners in may result in your teeth reverting back to their former positions in your mouth or may halt any movement that is required for you to achieve your straighter smile.
Keep them clean!
To keep your invisible aligners invisible and functional, you will need to keep them clean.
This is not too strenuous! Simply rinse them under a cold tap twice a day and use a soft bristled toothbrush to remove debris and food particles that may have accumulated on the aligner.
This will not only keep the aligners clear but will also protect your teeth and gums from exposure to debris which can lead to gum disease or tooth decay.
Keep up with the selfies!
Many invisible aligners (in keeping with the smartphone era) are usually accompanied by an app. And in order to keep your dentist up-to-date with how your treatment is progressing, you will be advised to take a selfie once a week and send it across via the app.
This is important, as your dentist will be able to determine If the aligners are working or if you need to attend the surgery for an appointment.
Keep your appointments!
However, even though the clear aligner is more lifestyle-friendly and requires fewer trips to the dentist you will still need to attend your appointments as scheduled.
This is so your dental team can assess the condition of your gums and your teeth to ensure that there are no side effects of the aligner (such as the presence of plaque, the formation of cavities, or early signs of gum disease), and to better assess how the aligners are working.
Keep them in their carry case!
Invisible aligners are made from clear plastic; it is firm but malleable, and as such, they can warp when exposed to warm or hot temperatures. It can also bend out of shape and become torn.
So, when you receive your invisible aligners, be sure to keep them in the carry case provided. This will keep them cool and will protect them from other items in your bag or your pockets.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.