Clear aligners are removable, discreet braces that are custom-made for you. These custom-made, clear plastic trays fit over your teeth and are designed to gradually shift your teeth into place over time. The length of treatment can vary from patient to patient; however, most patients wear their aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day. Patients can remove the clear aligner to eat or brush their teeth. Your dentist will monitor your progress through follow-up appointments and progress records.
Clear aligners are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile while straightening your teeth at the same time. They’re also a great choice for people who suffer from teeth grinding/clenching habits as they offer an inconspicuous alternative to traditional metal braces.
What Happens During Clear Aligners Appointment?
At your consultation, you will sit with a team member to discuss your treatment plan and associated costs and answer any questions that you may have about your treatment. If you are convinced that clear aligners are the right choice for you, we will need to take several pictures of your smile to send to the lab so that they can create your custom aligner. We may also take impressions of your teeth so that your aligner will fit properly. Once your aligners are ready and you have scheduled an appointment for your first set, you will have everything you need to get started on your new smile!
How Can You Maintain Your Clear Aligners?
- Avoid eating and drinking while wearing your clear aligners to avoid any damage. This includes eating hard candy, chewing on pens or pencils, biting your nails, and using your teeth as a tool to open packages.
- You will clean your aligners by brushing them gently every morning when you wake up, every night before you go to bed, and occasionally during the day. You should use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the clear surfaces of your aligners. Make sure that you are using the correct method to clean your aligner since there is a difference between cleaning an aligner and cleaning braces.
- Do not use hot water or your dishwasher to clean your aligners. You shouldn’t use mouthwash with alcohol in it since this can cause damage to your aligners.
- Regularly rinsing your mouth with water will help to reduce bacteria growth in your mouth, which can prevent cavities and other dental problems. You should keep your retainers clean as well since these are also worn in your mouth on a daily basis. Make sure you brush and clean your retainer properly after every use.
For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Lone Star Dental Care at 11500 State Highway 121, Suite 210, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (972) 779-6207. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile!