Wanting a perfect smile means you have to take care of your dental health. One way to do that is through wearing aligners, which many people use to fix crooked or misaligned teeth.
However, many people still end up not getting the best results they’re expecting. The reason: they often commit mistakes, sometimes without knowing it.
In this article, we’ll talk about the most common mistakes people do when using aligners. If you’re using aligners, this is for you.
Not Researching First
Firstly, you need to do some research. A huge mistake you can commit is to jump right into treatment not exactly sure whether it’s suitable for your dental needs.
Doing your research first will help you decide on the proper treatment. You’ll also be more comfortable with it. To help with that, you may read different reviews from Aligners.
Not Wearing Aligners for the Required Period
Or removing the aligners too often. Although you can remove many aligners easily and whenever you want, you shouldn’t forget to put them back on.
You need the aligners to be on your teeth for the required maximum time to get results. The usual length of time you should be wearing your aligners is 20 to 22 hours a day.
Not Storing Aligners Properly
When you’re not wearing your aligners, make sure you keep them in proper storage. Placing them just anywhere can cause bacteria to build up or stains to form on its surface. Regularly wash your aligners and store once dry.
Consuming Too Much Food and Drinks
And since most aligners are very easy to remove, it’s surprising how many people do not remove them when eating and drinking.
You need to remove aligners before consuming food and drinks. Not doing so may cause food debris and liquids to get stuck inside the aligners. Over time, this will cause stains.
Smoking with Aligners
Smoking is bad for your dental and overall health. Smoking while wearing aligners is just as bad.
When you smoke with aligners on, the aligners can be discolored and those stains are super-difficult to remove from the aligners.
Not Brushing and Cleaning Thoroughly
Aligners have clear trays that cover the entire surface to realign your teeth. Since it’s an enclosed tray, you need to be extra careful with your oral cleanliness.
If you don’t brush your teeth and clean your mouth thoroughly before wearing the aligners, you may experience bacterial build-up under the aligners, which can cause tooth decay.
Not Changing Aligners
You need to replace aligners after a time. Doing this helps prevent decalcification and the build-up of plaque on your teeth.
Patients wearing braces are more prone to decalcification if they have poor oral hygiene. When wearing aligners, follow your dentist’s treatment plan and change aligners accordingly.
Expecting Fast Results
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can commit with aligners is to expect fast results to fix your misaligned teeth. But, just like other methods, aligners take time to work.
The treatment could show your desired results in about 12 months. Depending on the misalignment of your teeth, that could take years instead.
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