How to Make Sure That Your Clear Aligners Do Their Job

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In pursuit of the perfect smile, many people are ready to take whatever steps are necessary and will often ask their dentist how they can deal with teeth that are not in their right place. This type of misalignment can build up over the years and can only be rectified through the use of dental braces. However, recent developments have made the process a lot easier to deal with, allowing patients to remove the devices if needed, for practical purposes. If you're thinking about this solution, how can you make it work for you?

New Approach

The proprietary new method involves a product that is almost invisible and is certainly a better option for those who are normally self-conscious. Unlike braces of old, it's possible to pull these out when you're eating or when you want to brush your teeth, making them far more attractive to many people.

Keeping with the Programme

Nevertheless, it's very important to keep the aligners in place as often as possible and to put them back as soon as you have finished eating. If you don't, it will take a lot longer for them to work as they should and if you only keep them in for a minimum number of hours each day, you cannot expect to get the type of result you are looking for.

Cleaning Practices

Remember to keep them as clean as possible, as well and especially if you eat any foods or drinks that have a tendency to stain. This could include beetroot or wine, for example. If you want to make sure that the aligners are as unobtrusive as possible, be especially vigilant after you have consumed products like these and brush carefully.

Whenever you do clean your aligners, make sure that you only use natural products and never anything abrasive. You don't need to soak them in anything and should only use warm water, rather than very hot, as this could cause them to lose their shape. Simply introduce some mild, household soap and a soft toothbrush and you should be fine.

Just in Case 

From time to time, you may need a new set of aligners as the treatment progresses. It's a good idea to keep the old ones safe and in a specially designed case, so that you don't damage them and they are available in the case of an emergency. If you can't wear your current ones for some reason (due to damage or another issue), then you will always have something to fall back on.

Over to You

Ask your dentist whether Invisalign braces are for you.


12 June 2018

Unraveling Dental Myths about Children: A Blog for Parents

When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.