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What To Know When Using Clear Aligner Trays

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Are you tired of your teeth not looking straight, and do you want to use clear aligners to fix it? If so, you'll want to know the following things before you move forward with the treatment. 

You Will Need A Scan Of Your Mouth

There is a bit of preparation required to have clear alignment trays made, and it starts with getting a scan of your mouth. This allows the dentist to come up with a treatment plan of how to move your teeth, and then create the series of alignment trays that will get the job done. 

You May Need Attachments On Your Teeth

The alignment trays do not simply slip over your teeth and stay in place on your own. Some alignment tray systems require placing attachment points on your teeth. This helps the aligner trays lock in place so that they do not fall out of position accidentally. Those attachment points will easily be removed from the surface of your teeth without causing damage when the treatment is done. 

You Must Wear Your Aligner Trays For The Required Time

Your alignment trays can be removed, but that doesn't mean you can take them out whenever you want. You are required to wear the trays for the vast majority of the day, including when you are sleeping. You are only supposed to take the trays out for eating and brushing. Other than that, they should be on your teeth.

You Must Remove The Trays When Eating

The only time you should leave your trays in when eating is when you are sipping on water. Other than that, the trays must be removed. The problem that you will run into by leaving the trays in is that they can become discolored by the foods or beverages you consume. Hot foods and beverages can also cause the trays to become deformed, which can potentially ruin your treatment. 

You Must Clean The Trays

Even though the trays are removed when eating, it's possible for food particles in your mouth to get stuck in the alignment trays. That's why you need to clean the trays regularly. This can be done with a toothbrush and toothpaste, just as if you were to brush your teeth.

You Must Hold Onto Your Previous Tray

It's always a good idea to hold onto your previous tray when you switch to a new one. If you were to damage or misplace your current tray, you'll need to temporarily use your old tray while a replacement tray is made.

Reach out to a dentist to learn more about clear aligners.