Orthodontic treatment has come a long way. Clear aligners are one orthodontic option that can give you a perfect smile without traditional metal braces. While both treatments are designed to straighten teeth, clear aligners have several advantages over metal braces. For instance, they're removable, so you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. You can also remove them for special occasions like prom or a wedding.
In addition, clear aligners are more comfortable than metal braces because they're smooth and won't irritate your cheeks and gums. They're also made from smooth plastic instead of sharp metal, and they don't require painful adjustments. The clear aligners are very discreet, so most people won't even notice you're wearing them!
Many patients enjoy the idea that clear aligners are removable, which means they can still eat their favorite foods and drinks without any obstructions in their appliances. Since metal braces cannot be removed, patients have to restrict their diet or change how they consume certain foods just to avoid damaging their braces. With clear aligners, you can take them out before meals or chew on them while eating, so you don't have to worry about any dietary changes.
The most important part of caring for your aligner trays is keeping them clean, as food particles and bacteria can build up on them quickly. To avoid any unwanted buildup on your trays, you should rinse them under warm water after every meal or snack. To clean the trays themselves, you can soak them in a denture cleanser for about a half hour once a week. Doing so will ensure your trays are free from any harmful microbes that can build up over time.
Clear aligners are typically worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day. To ensure that you remain compliant with the treatment process, make sure you only remove your clear aligner while eating and cleaning your teeth. Leaving them in while you sleep at night is essential to keeping your treatment on track. By following this routine every day, you are setting yourself up for success with your aligner treatment.
To learn more, please reach out to our dental practice at(509) 946-9313 or schedule an appointment, and we'll guide you further. You can visit us at 90 Columbia Point Drive, Richland, WA 99352, to have a consultation with our dentists.