When you begin orthodontic treatment with a traditional brace, in many ways, it is easier than one of the more modern removable options. As the majority of the responsibility of the brace working falls to the orthodontist altering it and adjusting it. With Invisalign London, you as the wearer are responsible for the majority of the success relating to how well the aligner works.
How can you ensure that wearing this invisible aligner will work for you? This article answers that question and many more.
Keep them in
Your invisible aligner provider will advise you on how often you need to wear the aligners. For the majority of dental surgeries and aligner providers, it is recommended that you wear them for around 22 hours per day. If you do not adhere to this, you may suffer from reversion which is essentially where the teeth pull themselves back into their original positions as they are attached to the jaw by tendons, which allows them to move. If you are having problems keeping your aligners in for this time, be sure to talk to your orthodontist or provider.
Ensure they are clean
Yes, the aligners are invisible but they won’t be for very long if they are dirty! So you will need to keep them clean by rinsing them under a cold tap. This is more than an aesthetic issue as having dirty aligners which are covered in food can allow bacteria to become pressed against your teeth and your gums. Which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, it is well worth keeping them clean.
Keep them safe
It is worth noting that while invisible aligners are hardy and durable they are not invulnerable to damage. If you place them under hot water or in a tumble dryer, for example, the heat alone can cause them to warp out of shape and render them useless. So be sure to keep them safe; one way to do this is to keep them in the container that was provided to you by your dentist or your orthodontist. Especially when you’re out and about. This will also help you to keep them in a safe location and will hopefully prevent you from losing them.
Wear them in order
For aligners to work, they need to be worn in order. And an average set of invisible aligners comes in a set of around 14. Even if there is one aligner in the series that doesn’t look as though it will have any large role in realigning your teeth. you will still need to wear it. As even a slight alteration in the shape of the teeth compared to the aligners can cause issues with the entire process.
If you are noticing any extensive pain with your aligners, or you feel that they don’t fit correctly, you will need to discuss this with your orthodontist or provider. However, you can mitigate any pain that you notice with aligners by taking over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen.