Not satisfied with the alignment of your teeth, but never wanted to do anything about it because you don't like the look of braces? If so, the solution you're looking for is clear dental aligners. These custom-made aligners move your teeth into the right position, all while using trays that are practically invisible to others. Here are a few tips for using clear aligners.
Keep Them In As Much As Possible
One of the advantages of using clear aligners is that they are removable and not fixed to your teeth. This allows you to take them out for eating, drinking, and keeping your mouth clean. However, it is crucial that you keep your aligners in as much as possible. The manufacturer of your alignment trays will have specific recommendations for how long to keep them in each day, but in general, you will want to wear them as much as possible.
Don't Eat Or Drink While Wearing The Trays
Clear alignment trays are only going to be able to do their job if you do not eat or drink while wearing them. Not only will certain foods end up staining the trays making them not clear, but hot beverages can cause the trays to become deformed. The only thing that you can consume while wearing the trays is plain water. Other than that, take the trays out to eat or drink.
Keep Your Previous Tray
You will be moving through a set of custom alignment trays to move your teeth into the right position. However, it is important that you hold onto the previous alignment tray until you are through the process of using the next tray. That's because if you run into a situation where your current tray becomes lost or damaged, you are supposed to wear your previous tray until your replacement tray arrives. Without that previous tray, you could be taking some additional steps back in the treatment process that you may not be aware of.
Clean The Trays Regularly
Even though you are not eating or drinking while wearing the alignment trays, bacteria can still get within them and be trapped against your teeth. That's why you'll want to clean the alignment trays regularly. The manufacturer will have their own specific directions, but it is typically as easy as rinsing the trays in warm water. That's all it takes to keep them clean.
To learn more about clear aligners, contact a dental service in your area such as Koehn Dentistry & Aesthetics.