You may have heard about the new craze of invisible aligners, which is taking the adult orthodontic world by storm.
You may also have been given the green light to go ahead with them as a treatment for a dental misalignment, and may be wondering if they need different management to regular braces.
In short, they do! Invisible aligners are removable and as such, you will have more responsibility for the treatment than you would if you were wearing fitted dental appliances. But that does not mean that the procedure surrounding invisible aligners does not come without its challenges!
At Elegance Dental, we have been helping our adult and teenage patients to get the straighter, healthier smiles that they deserve using Invisalign Hertfordshire. We have the expertise to help you manage this nifty aligner and can help you to use it to its fullest extent, getting you the smile that you deserve. Great stuff!
So, what do you need to know about living with Invisalign Hertfordshire? Our team at Elegance Dental provides the following tips to follow. Enjoy!
You will need to brush. A lot!
A key aspect of using Invisalign Hertfordshire is that it is removable; you will need to take it out to eat and brush your teeth.
But once you have finished eating, you will need to brush your teeth before putting the device back in, to prevent plaque accumulation on your teeth. And so, we advise you to invest in a travel toothbrush to take to work or to social gatherings, to keep your teeth and gums healthy whilst using this aligner.
The clock is your friend
Timing is everything with this aligner and you will need to wear it for 22 hours per day to see any effect.
That means that for the first few weeks, you will need to know how long it takes you to eat, drink things like coffee and to brush your teeth.
Dental wax is a must!
There is no doubt that invisible aligners are more comfortable than fitted metal braces.
They are printed using a 3D printer and are made from a firm plastic, meaning that each aligner is likely to rub against the soft tissues of your mouth and may cause discomfort.
We advise using dental wax to alleviate this; applied in the right places, it will soften those tough edges until they naturally lose their sharp sides.
Keep them clean
To keep invisible aligners, well, invisible, you will need to keep them clean.
This can be done easily by rinsing them under a cool tap and removing any debris with a toothbrush. Do not use hot water as this can cause them to warp and, unless you want tinted aligners, do not use mouthwashes to clean them either.
Don’t miss appointments
Our team will need to see you while you wear the aligners to check on progress.
You must keep these appointments, as we use them to check for potential issues with orthodontic realignment and secondary dental issues.