Clear aligners are a very effective way of secretly straightening your teeth. To get the best results, you should be aware of our Tips and Tricks!
Let’s start with putting on your aligners. Clear aligners need to always be worn in sequence and changed every two weeks. You should never skip a step in the sequence and never wear them for less than 2 weeks time. To put the aligners on, you can start with either your upper or lower jaw as you prefer. You just need to gently apply the aligners onto your teeth, and start at the front then move backwards.
In case you have attachments, then it could be a little more challenging to fit the aligners. You may find that you need to use the Chewies which we provide in every kit to help with the final seating of the aligner. The aligner should almost click or snap satisfyingly into place!
When it comes to removing the aligners, this can be a challenge, particularly if you have a more complex case and your teeth have high angulation or rotation.
The best way to remove your aligners is to start at your very last molar teeth, and use your finger or one of the free removal hooks that we provide to all patients to release the aligner. This release is best coming from the lingual side close to the tongue. Then, you can move to the front of your mouth and use your finger or removal hook to release the aligner, this time applying pressure from the frontal or buccal side closest to lips.
It is best not to put your aligners on and off frequently because this damages the plastic and can decrease its efficacy. It is fine to remove it a few times for your meals and drinking, but excessively removing them on and off would harm the plastic material and potentially compromise your results.
Sometimes at the start of your treatment, it can be quite challenging to remove your aligners, but don’t worry as your teeth become straighter it will become easier and easier with time!
During the beginning of your treatment it can feel a little uncomfortable wearing clear aligners due to the pressure applied to move your teeth. Don’t worry! It is completely normal to feel the aligners and this is a good sign that they are working and moving your teeth. If you don’t feel any discomfort this is not a problem either. Often people who have had orthodontic treatment before adjust very quickly to having treatment again.
If you are feeling discomfort or a dull ache in your teeth then you can just simply remove the aligner for 30 minutes and take some ibuprofen. Over time your teeth will get used to clear aligner treatment and you should not feel discomfort.
Sharp edges and sore gums! One of the nice things about clear aligners is that they have no sharp metal which can cut your mouth like fixed braces. This said, sometimes you might get sore gums or small blemishes from having a new object in your mouth.
All of our clear aligners are hand produced and hand polished to avoid as far as possible any tenderness or friction with your gums. However sometimes you might find that the aligners are causing some abrasions in your mouth. If this is the case then our top tip is to simply take some vaseline and apply it onto the tender area. If at any time during your treatment you have discomfort then simply connect with us on whatsapp and we will try to understand the cause of the issue.
Finally, our top tip for keeping your clear aligners… clear, is to clean them everyday at the same time as when you brush your teeth.
Over time your clear aligners may lose their transparency due to particles of food and drinks becoming attached to them. The easy way to clear them is with a soft bristled toothbrush and a little bit of soap. Don’t forget to rinse with water before applying the aligners on again to avoid soapy taste!