How do you feel about your smile and the impression you make on others whenever you open your mouth? Going through life with crooked teeth can really put a damper on how you interact with other people.
Oftentimes, individuals who dislike the appearance of their teeth hide their smiles. That's unfortunate, especially when there is a method for straightening teeth that involves using ClearCorrect invisible braces.
If you aren't familiar with these aligners, a guide for ClearCorrect wear and care will be useful to read before you discuss options with your preferred dentist.
Whether your dentist has already examined your teeth and determined that ClearCorrect is a suitable treatment option, or you are still deciding which dental alignment method is right for you, some patient education is in order.
ClearCorrect aligners are made out of a material called thermoplastic polyurethane. This material is used by dentists to help patients straighten teeth by gently and continuously applying force. The teeth will then gradually move into the desired position. Periodically, you will need to switch to a new set of ClearCorrect aligners to continue to gently reposition the teeth until they reach the goal established with your dentist.
The 3 things you should expect with ClearCorrect:
It will be snug at first. Before you arrange to start treatment with ClearCorrect, you'll undoubtedly be wondering about what to expect. For one, you should be prepared for them to feel a bit snug. It's actually quite normal for the aligners to fit tightly at first, but in time you should become accustomed to the sensation.
You may have trouble talking. You should also be prepared for a potential alteration in your voice in the beginning, as ClearCorrect aligners sometimes give people a temporary lisp. In most cases, the lisp will disappear within a few days after your tongue becomes used to the aligners, and then you'll resume speaking in your normal voice.
You might experience dry mouth. Consult with your dentist about drinking more liquid to compensate, as you become accustomed to the treatment.
To get the most benefit out of your retainer, it's useful to learn how to take care of it, as well as how to take care of your teeth.
Retainer Care Tips:
Keep aligners away from colored liquids and liquids that are hot or sweet.
Remove the ClearCorrect aligners before eating.
Floss and brush your teeth after every meal. This helps to keep food particles and remnants from beverages from becoming trapped under the retainers.
Clean the aligners between meals. You can do this by scrubbing the aligner with a toothbrush under cool water.
When not in your mouth applying gentle pressure to move your teeth into proper alignment, you'll need a place to keep them clean and safe.
If you have pets, make sure to store your aligners away from where they can reach them. If you've seen a dog attack a pair of slippers before, you know how much damage a pet can cause inadvertently.
In between usage of your aligners, keep them protected in the case they come with. You don't want to leave them out exposed, because dust and debris can land on them before you put them back in your mouth.
Your dentist will clarify the amount of time and how often you should wear your ClearCorrect aligners for straight teeth. Typically patients are instructed to wear them at a minimum of 22 hours a day, meaning only removing them for meals.
Now that you are more familiar with how ClearCorrect aligners work and how you can benefit most from using them, you may be interested in seeing if this is the right option for you to straighten your teeth. To set up a consultation, please connect with us today!