When it comes to realigning your smile, clear aligners (often called clear braces) are a great option for many people. They offer convenience and privacy, so you don’t have to worry about unsightly wires and brackets or what types of food you can and can’t eat. Wearing and caring for your clear aligners is key to successful treatment, so we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts to make it easy for you!
They should be worn all day and night, except when eating and drinking. Yes, even when you sleep. Your clear aligners won’t work if they’re not constantly shifting your teeth over time, which means you’ve gotta wear them!
It’s normal to experience some discomfort for the first few days after you start a new set of clear braces. It takes pressure to move your teeth, and you’re probably going to feel it. An OTC analgesic can help with any pain or discomfort.
If you’re eating or drinking anything other than cool water, you’ll want to be sure to remove your aligners first! Hot beverages can damage the plastic, so if you have to have the coffee, take them out before you sip.
Eating lunch? Having a snack? Keep your aligners in your case. Storing them in a napkin or paper towel can cause the plastic to crack. Plus, aligners left out on an easy-to-access ledge have a habit of ending up missing, especially if you have a pet. Dogs just love ’em.
In order to keep your teeth healthy, they must be clean before you insert your aligners. You don’t want food particles trapped between your aligners and your teeth, as this can lead to plaque and even cavities.
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