Life With Clear Aligners
Are you thinking about using Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment option? We’ve put together a guide to help answer the most common questions our patients have about starting this treatment. Continue reading to learn more about clear aligner care, diet changes, and more.
How Often Must I Wear My Clear Aligners?
One of the great things about clear aligners is that you can take them out when you need to. However, it is important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to ensure that they are effective. This means that you should only take them out for eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth. You may also want to remove them for special occasions, such as a wedding or job interview. If you do not wear your aligners for the recommended amount of time, your treatment may be extended by several months.
What Are The Food Restrictions With Clear Aligners?
One of the great things about clear aligners is that you can take them out when you need to. This means that there are no food restrictions, and you can brush and floss your teeth as normal.
You would typically take them out to eat or drink and brush or floss your teeth. While doing so, store them in a case to keep them safe. After your meal, brush your teeth and replace your aligners.
How Do I Take Care Of My Aligners?
Clear aligners are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening teeth. They require special care to prevent damage and ensure optimal results. Here are some tips for taking care of clear aligners:
- Rinse them with warm water before putting them in each day. This will help to remove any plaque or bacteria that has accumulated overnight.
- Brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in. This will help to remove any food particles or other debris that could get trapped under the aligners.
- Clean the aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste at least once a day. Be sure to use non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the aligners.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your aligners clean and ensure that they work effectively.
Do I Still Need To Visit My Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment?
Yes! Although you may be focused on your orthodontic treatment, it’s important to continue visiting your dentist for regular checkups. During your orthodontic treatment, your dentist will be able to monitor your oral health and make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. In addition, your dentist can identify any potential problems that may arise during your treatment. For example, if you develop tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist can provide you with the necessary treatment to prevent these problems from getting worse. Therefore, by keeping up with your dental appointments, you can ensure that your orthodontic treatment goes smoothly and that your oral health is maintained.
What Is The Difference Between Invisalign And Spark Clear Aligners?
Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligners are both clear orthodontic devices used to straighten teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-fitted to your teeth. As you wear each aligner, your teeth gradually shift into their desired position. The entire treatment process usually takes about 12 months. Spark Clear Aligners are made from a clear, durable TruGen™ material. They also make better contact with your teeth, resulting in improved sustained force retention.
Both Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligners are effective at straightening teeth and improving your smile. However, you may prefer one system over the other based on your personal preferences and orthodontic needs.