In every picture someone takes of you, your eyes are inevitably drawn to your crooked teeth. You can’t smile in public without feeling incredibly self-conscious. Fortunately, you’re going to soon start wearing ClearCorrect clear aligners in Sioux Falls. ClearCorrect utilizes discreet, transparent aligner trays to subtly shift your teeth into a more desired position. However, they can take some getting used to. Continue reading to learn five tips on how to grow accustomed to your aligners.
1. Protect Your Tongue and Gums
Even though they’re significantly less uncomfortable than traditional braces, the edges of your plastic aligners may still irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. Sores are common early in your treatment, which is why dental wax is a must-have. Roll a small pinch of wax into a shape with your (clean) fingers and apply it to the area that’s bothering you.
Another good idea is to invest in a bottle of peroxide-based mouthwash. It’s specially designed to heal minor oral sores and provide pain relief to your teeth, tongue, and gums. Keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet. You won’t regret it!
2. Treat Your Discomfort
ClearCorrect in Sioux Falls works by exerting a force on your teeth to move them into a straight position. This pressure can sometimes be uncomfortable. You could take ibuprofen, which is exceptionally effective at treating oral discomfort. Alternatively, you could try chewing exercises. Not only do these relive your pain, but they help you stay on track with your treatment schedule.
3. Keep Your Aligners Clean and Clear
In a perfect world, every ClearCorrect patient would refrain from eating or drinking while wearing their aligners. However, some people are going to “cheat” and finish off a glass of white wine or a cup of morning joe with their aligners in. As long as you don’t indulge in habits like this every day, it’s not the end of the world. If you’re going to cheat, do so right before you’re about to switch to the next set of trays in the series, since you’re about to switch anyway.
4. Keep Track of How Much Your Wear Your Trays
To complete your treatment in a timely manner, you’re going to have to wear your aligners for at least 20, if not 22 hours a day. Luckily, there are plenty of smartphone apps out there, like TrayMinder, that can help you keep track of how often your aligners are in. TrayMinder in particular also reminds you when to move on to the next set of aligners.
5. Remove Your Trays in a Safe and Sanitary Way
If you’re going to remove your aligners with your hands, be sure to wash them beforehand. Your trays, however, are going to only get tighter as you progress through your treatment. It might help to use a tool created for this purpose, like OrthoKey, which has a special hook designed to safely remove your aligners.
About the Author
Dr. Kari Bolen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University’s School of Dentistry in Omaha. Now she practices at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. With all of her patients, she strives to educate, motivate, and provide truly exceptional dental care. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the South Dakota Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you’re interested in fixing your misaligned smile with ClearCorrect in Sioux Falls, click here to visit Dr. Bolen’s website.