There has been a lot of change in recent years relating to adult dental care, and for many people, this has led to them seeking out treatments that they may not have had any interest in before.
And this has been extended to the world of orthodontics, therefore more people than ever before are now able to access orthodontic care in their adult life, meaning they can get the straighter smiles that they want without needing to use metal braces.
This has been due to the creation and manufacturing of invisible aligners, with the most famous of these being Invisalign Hertfordshire, and if you are interested in taking on this aligner, you will undoubtedly want to know more about it.
In this article, some top tips on how to use invisible aligners will be discussed.
Keep them in
In order for this aligner to work (because they are not attached to your teeth), you will need to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day or as directed by your dentist.
If you do not, the realignment process may slow down or stall altogether, and you may even notice that your teeth begin to revert to their previous positions in the mouth.
So try to keep them in as often as you can, and if you are struggling, it can be worth timing yourself. Only aim to take this aligner out when you are eating, brushing your teeth, or consuming a beverage that is not water.
Keep them clean
In order to keep your oral hygiene in check, you will also need to ensure that these aligners are kept clean. This is easily accomplished, and all you need to do is rinse them under a cold water tap and remove any deeply set debris with a toothbrush.
It’s worth noting that even though it may sound obvious, you should not try to clean these aligners using hot water, as this can cause them to warp out of shape. They are made of thin plastic, after all!
Keep them in order
The aligners will usually come in a pack of 12 to 14, and they need to be kept in order and worn in order for the process to work.
If you wear them in the incorrect order or even skip one of the aligners, this can cause problems with the process and may lead to some steps needing to be repeated, which will be more expensive.
Keep them safe
As mentioned earlier, these aligners are made of thin plastic, and therefore, they are prone to becoming damaged, especially if they are placed into pockets or bags if you are out and about or at work.
Luckily, when you receive your aligners, they will come with a case that you should carry them in. This will keep them at the correct temperature and will keep them safe from external forces.
Keep up with check-ups
You will need to see your dental team about once every two months so that they can check how the progress with the clear aligners is going.
However, certain types of aligners also come with a downloadable app for smartphones that will enable you to take weekly photos of your smile and send them to your dentist, allowing them to assess virtually how the treatment is progressing.