FAQs About the Use of Invisible Aligners Answered

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Want to know what to expect when you start using invisible aligners to correct crooked teeth?

Here are 5 of the most common FAQ’s about the daily use of Invisible Aligners answered by Invisalign St John’s Wood, so enjoy!

5 FAQs About Invisible Aligners Answered

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1. Can you smoke while using invisible aligners?

Smoking can cause the plastic that the aligners are made from to discolour, making them more visible and of course, smoking also heightens the risk of gum disease. While this may not seem to be an issue when you are undertaking orthodontic work, having gum disease can lead to loose teeth in the long term, which may eventually cause your teeth to fall out.

So, try to refrain from smoking when wearing invisible aligners; many dentists and doctors offer smoking cessation, so seek advice if you wish to quit the habit!

2. How long should I wear them each day?

Your dentist will give you the rundown on how long you will need to wear these aligners for each day. But as a general rule, most people who undertake invisible aligners are required to wear them for at least 22 hours per day (which does include overnight).

3. How do I clean them?

With invisible aligners, you want them to stay invisible!

And aside from taking them out when you are drinking coffee or tea, there may be times when they need to be cleaned to keep them visually discreet. Should you notice staining on your aligners, simply take them out and rinse them under a cold tap. If there is stubborn food debris, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove it.

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Refrain from the urge to run them under a hot tap or to use any kind of mouthwash to clean them. Hot or warm water can cause them to warp, which will make it difficult for them to do their job! Also, even clear mouthwashes can cause staining to plastic, so stick to cool water, brushes or cleaning crystals which are designed to be used alongside these aligners.

4. Can I make them fit better?

Many patients who wear clear aligners are aware that putting them in is a bit of a hassle.

It can be hard to get them over all of your teeth correctly and so, to make this process easier, you can invest in chewies. These are small, foam-based cones that you chew on just after you have put your aligners in to help them slot over your teeth correctly.

However, if you notice that there is an inherent issue with your aligners not fitting correctly, contact your dentist for a check-up.

5. I’ve lost an aligner, what do I do?

If you lose one of your aligners, it can be tempting to move on to the next one in the series.

However, you should not do this without getting the green light from either your dentist or orthodontist. Even if the aligner doesn’t seem important in the lineup of aligners, it is there for a reason and to get the straighter smile you want, it is needed.

So, talk to your dentist or orthodontist about ordering a replacement aligner or moving on to the next one.

Related: 6 Questions to Ask at a Restorative Dental Appointment

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