Tips for Using Clear Aligners
Now that you have made the great choice for OrthoFX clear aligners to straighten your smile and get rid of years of awkwardness due to misaligned teeth, certain things need your attention before you get on board. Clear aligners are, without a doubt, one of the best possible solutions to correcting crooked and crowded teeth. But to take advantage of its benefits and achieve effective results, it is important to follow a few simple tips while wearing them. Read on to know more…
Wash and clean
Clear aligners need to be cleaned every time you remove them. The aligners should be cleaned, to remove any bacteria will may get trapped between the tooth and aligner surface,. Ideally, the aligners should be washed with clean, lukewarm water and rinsed in the morning, before bedtime and after every meal or drink. You can even soak the aligners in mouthwash like Listerine a few times every week.
Brush and floss
Food stuck between the teeth could lead to bacteria formation and and distupt your oral hygiene. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth after every meal and drinks (especially sugar drinks i.e. soda) before wearing the aligners to avoid bacteria getting trapped on the surface of the teeth and aligners.
Short term minor discomfort for a day is expected every time you wear a new set of aligners. It means your teeth are one step closer to a perfect smile. To combat this, follow a routine of chewing exercises throughout the day or whenever possible. The chewing movement stimulates blood-flow, which could act as a natural pain reliever. It also helps the aligners to fit tightly and facilitate efficient teeth movement. Many online vendors sell a simple “Chewie” for a few dollars meant for orthodontic tooth movement and help with discomfort.
Avoid stain-inducing drinks
It is advisable to consume mostly water while wearing clear aligners. Colored drinks such as tea, coffee, juices and colas can stain the aligners. However, these drinks can be enjoyed during meal times or when the aligners have been removed. Remember to brush and floss your teeth before wearing them back after having any colored beverage.The good news is OrthoFX aligners are changed every 7 days, so you will get a new set every week until finished with treatment.
Get a travel kit
If you have chosen to use clear aligners to correct your smile, then keeping a dental travel kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, aligner case, floss and mouthwash handy would come in handy for on-the-go when you are away from home.
Maintain a routine
Although OrthoFX aligners are a convenient choice, undergoing orthodontic treatment does have some requirements for a successful outcome. Maintaining a discipline for oral hygiene and keeping the aligners clean are a must. Moreover, the aligners work best when worn for at least 22 hours in a day. Ensuring they are removed only for meals and cleaned regularly, and keeping track of time every time they are removed would be beneficial. A well-maintained routine of hygiene and good habits will take you a long way in orthodontic treatment – and lifetime oral care.
The trained doctors at OrthoFX are best equipped to guide you as you embark on this smile journey. Reach out to us for anytime to learn more about simple routines and tips to using clear aligners as you steadily make your way to achieving the brightest smile. It will be worth it, we promise. We’re here to help.