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How Do You Adjust Yourself to Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign Aligners

March 2021 - When you want to have that "perfect smile" you visit your dentist either to have your teeth whitened or straightened when they are crooked. For most people, wearing traditional wire braces is the best option.

Today there is an alternative, Invisalign clear aligners, which can help provide a better solution when you want to have the perfect smile. The orthodontic treatment takes some getting used to, according to people who have used the dental appliance. If you are looking for a dentist for Invisalign in Cheltenham, visit for professional and friendly service.

The appliance is not fixed like the wire braces. It is clear and hollow to fit over the teeth and should be worn for 22 hours. Since it is removable, some patients cannot commit to the routine. They may also feel some discomfort during the first few weeks of wearing the device.

Tips to get used to Invisalign clear aligners:

1. Protect your tongue

When you're wearing the dental appliance for the first time, you'll experience friction on your tongue as it rubs against the edges of the aligners. The friction can cause sores to develop. It is not something that you will experience only once. It will happen every time you use a new set of trays. To prevent the tongue friction from occurring, identify the spots where there is friction and apply dental wax over the area. Heat the wax and cover the rough areas.

2. Use a recommended mouthwash

Most people will develop mouth sores when they first put on any type of braces. You can use a hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwash to soothe the sores. It is a mild antiseptic that can relieve minor mouth irritations from orthodontic appliances, dentures, gingivitis, and cold and canker sores.

3. Do chewing exercise

Your jaw should adjust to the additional layer inside your mouth. Chewing exercises relax your jaw and ease tooth pain because the action sends blood to your mouth, which eases the pain. The exercise also helps the aligners to work effectively.

4. Track your aligner trays

It is easy to lose your expensive aligners because you have to remove them every time you eat or brush your teeth. Keep track of your aligners by carrying an aligner case. With an aligner case, you have a container to put the aligners safely, which can prevent you from throwing them away with the rest of your leftover food.

5. Clean your aligner trays

Make cleaning your trays a part of your daily oral hygiene practices. It is vital that you clean them all the time to prevent them from getting stinky and foul-tasting. Soak it in a special cleaner made for Invisalign or use a denture cleaner. Scrub them with a clean toothbrush but do not use hot water, toothpaste or mouthwash to clean them. Rinse them with running water before putting them back on.

Dentists caution Invisalign wearers not to eat or drink anything without removing the aligners. Aside from staining the appliance, the force of your chewing can damage or crack the aligners.


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