Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Straightening your teeth with clear aligners makes obtaining the perfect smile much more convenient and comfortable than braces. Our Nashville dentists offer SureSmile, a leading-edge clear aligner orthodontic treatment that straights teeth using sophisticated treatment planning and precise fabrication in less time than other leading aligners. However, SureSmile aligners still require care. To make caring for your orthodontic aligners easy, we’ve compiled this list of six hacks that you can’t live without. So, follow these tips to make your SureSmile treatment a breeze and get the best results possible.
For women, it’s natural to wear lipstick or tinted lip gloss to enhance their lips. Wearing lip products with your aligners in your mouth is doable. Just be sure to be selective of the color you use. Bright or dark colors may stain your aligners. Additionally, choose matte lipsticks as they are less likely to smudge or smear over your aligners. Find the best lip product for you by trying different ones from local makeup retailers.
Switch aligners at night
Some patients report mild discomfort or tenderness when switching to their new set of aligners. The reason for this discomfort is that the new aligners apply pressure to your teeth in a different manner than the previous set. This is the whole focus of treatment – use gentle pressure to align teeth. However, to curb this discomfort, switch aligners before bed so that you can sleep off the discomfort. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to take care of any discomfort.
What to eat
Since your SureSmile aligners should be removed before eating, you don’t really have dietary limitations. However, resist eating hard candy or drinking beverages other than water while wearing your aligners. Doing so could stain or damage the plastic. Also, be sure to either rinse out your mouth with water or brush your teeth after eating or drinking anything because residual food colorants or sugar could reside on your teeth, causing your aligners to stain and increasing your risk of cavities.
Use your storage case
You should wear your aligners for approximately 20-22 hours per day, even while sleeping. The “off-time” should be reserved for when you eat or need to brush your teeth. Whenever your aligners aren’t in your mouth, store them properly in the case provided to prevent you from losing or breaking them. Additionally, avoid leaving your aligner case in your car or direct sunlight.
Cleaning your aligners
Your aligners should be cleaned thoroughly and soaked when necessary to remove odors and bacteria. Soak your aligners in an approved aligner cleaning solution while you eat for a refreshing feel when you reinsert them into your mouth.
Make oral hygiene a breeze
Since you should clean your teeth after eating, before putting your aligners back in, keep an oral hygiene travel kit with you in your car, backpack, or at work. Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss handy to ensure our teeth are clean before wearing your aligners.
Clear Aligner Orthodontics in Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills
SureSmile clear aligners are an excellent way to straighten your teeth without metal brackets and wires. If you’d like to learn more about clear aligner orthodontics or find a SureSmile provider near you in Nashville, call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209.