Perfect Your Smile
Everything You Need To Know About Aligners
What Are Aligners?
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Made from clear plastic materials they are usually hailed as ‘invisible braces'.
Aligners are common these days. Popular services providing clear aligners include Invisalign, AirSmile, Clear Correct, Zenyum, Smile Direct Club, Straight Teeth Direct and others.
How Do I Use Aligners?
For both the top and bottom teeth, always start with your front teeth and then work your way to the back teeth. Gently push down the aligners on to your teeth. To ensure a proper seating of the aligner you can use chewies to gently "bite" and push your aligners down on to your teeth.
Removing the aligners is done by using your nails or a removal hook to gently pull the aligners off your teeth.
How Do I Take Care Of My Aligners?
Before and after use, we suggest applying a little bit of toothpaste and brushing your aligners gently. This will ensure that they are clean and fresh when you place them back in.
Only use cold or lukewarm water when you rinse the aligners. After drying you should store your aligners in a proper protective case.
If you are new to wearing aligners then here is a quick checklist of items to carry with you at all times:
- Large carrying pouch (able to store the following:)
- Aligner Protective Case
- Aligner Chewie(s)
- Aligner Removal Hook
- Hand sanitizer
- Tissues (Wet/Dry)
- Travel Toothpaste & Brush