Orthodontic treatment

Mistakes that are made when wearing aligners for teeth straightening

February 2d., 2020

Straightening teeth with clear aligners is an innovative treatment. Such a straightening method is an alternative for patients who are allergic to metals, as well as for those who do not want a brace system due to high demands on aesthetics. Teeth straightening with braces is often associated with aesthetic (metal or ceramic braces and metal wires are visible), care (food sticks when eating, harder to clean) and other challenges. Orthodontic aligners help to avoid many similar challenges. However, beautifying a smile in this way is only effective if the patient wears the aligners as prescribed by the orthodontist. So we tell you what are the most common mistakes made when wearing orthodontic aligners.

1. Aligners are worn for less than 22 hours a day
One of the reasons why it is worth straightening teeth with clear aligners is that the aligners can be removed. This means that you can confidently enjoy your favorite food and drinks, enjoy an aesthetic smile during important events. However, it is necessary to remember that for good results and straight teeth it is very important to wear aaligners at least 22 hours a day. This is the only way to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. After removing the aligners, for example before or after a meal, the teeth should be brushed, the aligners cleaned and put back on the teeth after eating. By following the recommendations of your orthodontist, you will be able to achieve optimal results in the shortest possible time.

2. Teeth are expected to straighten very quickly
Understandably, every patient expects to reach their goals as soon as possible. However, not all results are noticeable after a day or two. The exact deadline depends on the individual situation. If the aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day, it is likely that the results will be visible after 12 months or several years (depending on the situation, what the patient’s bite is etc.).

3. Proper maintenance of aligners
In order to straighten teeth with aligners and to have them straight, it is important to take good care of them. The main recommendation is not to eat or drink (especially coloring, hot) drinks after putting on the aligners. This can affect the color of the instrument, and the aligners can be deformed. For the latter reason, after removing the aligners, they should not be left in random places. It is necessary to protect the instrument from heat. It is recommended to purchase a special box that will ensure that the aligners are stored safely and tidily.

Straightening teeth with clear aligners is a great choice for those who dream of a smooth smile, but do not want to wear braces. We offer our patients a barely noticeable method of teeth straightening without braces: “AirNivol” and “Invisalign” teeth straightening systems.

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