Top 5 things you MUST have if you wear clear aligners
Wear clear aligners? You'll need these!
Clear aligners have changed the face of dental treatment.
Now, people can straighten their teeth without regular visits to the dentist.
Dental aligners are convenient, relatively affordable and easy
to order. You can do everything from home.
But without regular dental check-ups, looking after your
aligners and your teeth is down to you alone. These are the top 5 things you’ll
need if you’re using dental aligners:
1. Aligner case
A dental aligner case, or retainer case, is essential when
you’re using aligners.
You will wear your aligners for approximately 20-22 hours
every day. You’ll need to remove your aligners for mealtimes, and they could be
damaged quite easily.
Aligner cases are a shield from the world when yours are not on your teeth.
Replacing a set of aligners could set you back up to £150.
Replacing just one tray could cost you up to £100. That’s a lot of money to
find at short notice because of a simple mistake!
If someone accidentally stepped on your aligner, or it got
damaged in your handbag, you’d regret not protecting it better.
A case for your aligner is needed for hygiene reasons, as well. You don’t want your aligner collecting lint in your pocket, nor do you want to put it into your bag once it’s been in your mouth. Aligner cases are a shield from the world when yours are not on your teeth.
A basic retainer case costs less than £5. It will last the
full length of your aligner treatment, with every set of dental aligners. If it
does get damaged, you’ll only need to pay £5 for a replacement. That’s so much
better than £150 for a new set of aligners.
A good electric toothbrush is a long-lasting investment. If
you’re going to the effort of improving your smile, you’ll want a good brush to
A good toothbrush is also essential during your time using
Oral-B electric toothbrushes are amongst the best you can buy, for keeping your clear aligners clean.
Most providers will recommend that you brush your aligners
twice a day. Use your usual toothbrush, and everyday toothpaste, as part of
your daily routine. You’ll want to brush your teeth well after every meal, to
avoid trapping food against your pearly whites when you reinsert your aligners.
Oral-B electric toothbrushes are amongst the best you can
buy, for keeping your clear aligners clean. The small rounded toothbrush heads
can fit inside your aligners, where other standard toothbrush heads might not.
That way, you can clean every nook and cranny to ensure the best dental
Your clear aligners are made to perfectly fit your teeth.
But, they can be hard to insert. If your aligners aren’t secure against your
teeth, they can rub and might cause minor pain. Poorly inserted aligners are
also less effective, making your treatment take longer.
Chewies are the answer to many problems with uncomfortable aligners.
Chewies are the answer to many problems with uncomfortable
aligners. Once you’ve inserted your aligners, bite down on the chewies to move
the trays into place.
Some providers of clear aligners will give you chewies as
part of your package. If not, you can buy your own to make your aligners fit better.
Once your aligners are securely in place, you may need help
to remove them.
If your aligners are tight against your teeth, it’s a sign
that they’ve been made properly. Loose aligners might not provide the pressure
they’ll need to move your teeth to new positions. But, a secure aligner can be
hard to take out for mealtimes and brushing your teeth. That’s why a removal
tool is something that’s good to keep around.
A clear aligner removal tool is very easy to use. It’s also
universal, working with aligners from any brand.
…a secure aligner can be hard to take out for mealtimes and brushing your teeth.
Instead of putting your fingers into your mouth, simply use a
discreet removal tool. Hold the loop in one hand, and use the small hook on the
other to pull at the edge of the aligner. Work your way along the aligner until
it’s released, then take it out with your hands.
Having a removal tool means that you can politely take your
aligners out, even in front of other people. You don’t need to damage your nails,
or struggle in front of a mirror.
In most cases, removal tools will fit into a standard
retainer case. So, you can keep them where they’re easily found and make sure
that they’re in top condition.