When you are looking to straighten teeth as an adult, you may have read about invisible aligners and clear braces. Invisible aligners are undoubtedly the most common and popularly used aligners in adult patients, as they are removable, easy to clean and easy to fit around your daily routine.
But that is not to say that you will instinctively know how to use the aligners. After all, if you have worn braces in the past which were fitted, it would have been the job of your dentist to ensure that the teeth were moving correctly and that no secondary issues were occurring. Now the job of ensuring that the teeth are moving correctly, that the aligners are worn in the correct order and that they are worn for long enough falls to you. And that means you will need to know about the daily wear of this aligner.
So, here are some tips to help you get the most out of Invisalign Sydney.
When it comes to the daily wear of these aligners, your dentist will set down how long you need to wear them for the treatment to work. In general, you will need to wear your aligners for around 22 hours per day. If you do not wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, the realignment process as it stands may stall or your teeth may revert to their former positions, making the entire process an expensive waste of time. So, be sure to keep your aligners in your mouth for as long as stated by your dentist.
The good thing about invisible aligners is that because they are removable, you don’t need to invest in interdental brushes to keep some clean. Instead, to remove food debris and keep them clear, all you need to do is rinse them under a cold water tap and use a toothbrush to remove any food debris that may be stuck to them. If there is a particularly stubborn stain, do not be tempted to rinse the aligner under a hot water tap or put it into a dishwasher, as this can cause the aligner to warp out of shape.
Contact with dentist
The contact that you have with your dentist will usually be made-up of visits to their surgery every 6 to 8 weeks whilst wearing invisible aligners. But with the associated app, which is downloadable for smartphones, you will need to send them updates of your smile at least once a week, so they can assess whether or not the aligners are working as planned. If there is an issue with how the treatment is progressing, you may be called into the surgery, or the length of time per day that the aligners need to be worn will be altered and you will be alerted via the app.
Signs there is an issue
There are a few ways to spot if there is an issue with your aligners. The first is that when you put them in, they feel loose. This can indicate that you need to move on to the next aligner in the series, or that there was an issue with the tracking process. The second concern is that your teeth are not moving as planned, and this will need to be brought to the attention of your dentist. And thirdly, while it is expected that your treatment with invisible aligners should cause a bit of pressure if you are in excessive levels of discomfort, you will need to seek the help of your dental team.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.