You have attended the appointments, had the assessments and are now waiting for your invisible aligners to arrive at your dental surgery.
Invisible aligners have taken the dental world by storm and can offer patients with mild to moderate alignment issues a discreet way of straightening their teeth. But that does not necessarily mean it is all plain-sailing!
So, with that in mind, what are some of the key survival tips for using an invisible aligner to straighten your teeth?
Invest in pain relief
Sadly, even in 2021, there is no such thing as completely comfortable orthodontic treatment.
And, while Invisalign Chelsea is renowned for its comfort in daily life, there is likely to be some discomfort when you switch between aligners.
For this, it is recommended that you invest in over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Should you have extensive discomfort when wearing your aligners, please contact your dentist for advice.
Dental wax is your friend!
Invisible aligners are indeed easier for many patients to wear.
However, for the first few days of wear, you may find that the sharp edges of the aligner rub against the soft tissues in your mouth, causing sores to form. For this, you should invest in dental wax.
Placed on the sharp spots, the wax provides a barrier and softens the edge, ensuring that you will have a more comfortable fit and that your inner mouth does not succumb to pressure-based ulcers. Great stuff!
Use the carry cases
Your clear aligner will come with a carry case which should be used as often as possible when the aligner is not in your mouth.
If you simply toss your aligner into your bag or place it in your pocket, it can become dirty, damaged or warped, especially in hot weather. Use the carry cases provided to keep your aligner in good condition.
This aligner is removable and should be taken out before you eat each meal and put back into your mouth afterwards.
But, before putting it back in, you will need to scrub your teeth with a toothbrush and so, for the sake of saving space in your bag, it is recommended to invest in travel toothbrushes.
Remember, failure to clean after meals can cause food debris to be pushed against the tooth’s enamel, increasing the chances of cavities and tooth decay.
Keep track and attend appointments
While this aligner is renowned for its ease of use in daily life, many patients do forget to keep track of how long they wear the aligner each day. Although this can sound harmless, failure to do so may result in you wearing the aligner less and this can slow down treatment.
Also, this aligner is super trendy as it comes with an app, allowing you to communicate with your dentist without needing to attend appointments. But, when you are scheduled for a checkup to assess progress, please attend as this allows your dental team to assess whether or not the aligner is working as predicted.