5 Things to Know Before Getting Aligners

Are you considering straightening your teeth with clear aligners? 

Here are five things you should know before getting started:

You have to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours daily.

If you want your clear aligner treatment to work and give you that beautiful smile you always dreamed of, you have to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You should remove them only when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Otherwise, you will have to wear them at all times to ensure optimal results. 

You might experience some discomfort. 

You will experience some slight pressure or tension when wearing your new set of aligners; however, the discomfort is common with any orthodontic treatment and should subside within a few days.

You should maintain good oral hygiene. 

It's best if you make a habit of brushing your teeth after every meal, before putting your aligners back on, to avoid the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, resulting in tooth decay. It's also essential to keep your aligners clean. Check out this article which talks about how to clean your aligners.

You might experience some slight changes in your speech.

When you first put on your aligners, you may have a slight lisp with your speech. But within a few days, you should get used to the aligners in your mouth and be able to speak the way you did before.

You will need to wear a retainer.

Wearing a retainer after your orthodontic treatment is crucial as this ensures your teeth stay in the same position and do not shift back to their old position.

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