Over the last decade there have been great advances in the dental industry. Just the mention of braces used to bring up thoughts of sharp metal, unappealing headgear and a labyrinth of embarrassment. That’s no longer the case. Today many dentists offer clear braces; a great alternative to the conventional braces. So you’ve taken the first step to a new smile, you’ve decided to get clear braces; this is is a life changing decision! But in order to get the desired results, you have to take certain precautions.
How do clear braces work?
Your dentist takes a 3D digital image of your smile; from there they create a personalized dental treatment plan. Once a plan is established your dentist will mold your first orthodontic retainer. The way that clear braces work is that you wear a series of molded retainers for an allotted time period (usually two weeks). Each retainer is molded differently in order facilitate the straightening process. You will periodically switch retainers until the treatment process is complete. Your dentist will keep you up to date on the retainer switches.
How to care for your clear braces
As I’m sure you’ve heard from your dentist, your mouth is the most bacteria ridden place in your body. It is of the utmost importance that you periodically clean your orthodontic retainers. Bacteria and other unsavoury germs can easily form in your retainer. Regularly rinse your retainers in lukewarm water, if the water if too hot it can warp the retainers, ruining them completely. Use a tooth brush and toothpaste and brush the retainers in a smooth circular motion. This will remove any unwanted build up and germs. You may need specialised cleaning tablets if there is excessive tartar build-up. As a general rule of thumb clean your retainer every time you brush your teeth. You can use mouth wash to sterilize your orthodontic retainers, but don’t let them sit in the solution. Over exposure to mouth wash can stain your braces, leaving them looking far from “clear”. Keep your retainer in a case when not in use; make sure it thoroughly dried beforehand. Ask your dentist for more information on caring for your retainers.
Avoid smoking or chewing gum with the retainers in your mouth. Also avoid teas and sodas; they can easily stain the retainers, making them look discoloured. Your teeth may feel “loose” during the straightening process, but that’s normal. It’s just your teeth shifting into place. This may seem like a long process, but the end result will be worth it. Be sure to wear your retainers for the allotted time period, otherwise you’re just wasting your time and money. Consult with your dentist today about getting clear braces, and reap the rewards!