Ways to Ruin Your ClearCorrect Treatment

April 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wittortho @ 1:13 am

Hand holding clear aligners

If you’re ready to enjoy a straight, healthy smile, ClearCorrect is the solution for you. You don’t have to worry about brackets or wires because clear aligners are worn over your teeth for a discreet solution. However, simple mistakes can ruin your treatment. Here are 6 things you should avoid to ensure you achieve the results you want.

1. Not Wearing Your Aligners Enough

Clear aligners are a preferred solution because they are removable, but you must make sure you are wearing them enough. You should only take them out when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth. If you don’t wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day, it can slow the movement of your teeth. 

2. Not Switching Your Aligners On Time

Rushing through your aligners won’t finish your treatment any sooner. Instead, it can add big delays and cause serious damage to your smile. It is best to change to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as instructed by your orthodontist.

3. Eating With Your Aligners

Your aligners are made of durable plastic, but they can break if you wear them while eating. Not to mention, foods and drinks can also stain your aligners, causing them to lose their transparency. It’s best to always remove your aligner when having anything except water.

4. Forgetting to Clean Your Aligners

Your mouth is a hotspot for bacteria. Plaque and bacteria can accumulate on your aligners throughout the day, which can lead to unpleasant odors and tarnish their appearance. However, it can also increase your risk of cavities and gum disease. Besides brushing and flossing, clean your aligners at least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a clear hand soap or dishwashing liquid.

5. Using the Wrong Cleaning Products

Abrasive dental products can scratch your aligners, which can make them look dull. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small spaces, making them look discolored. It can also weaken or damage them over time. 

It’s best to use nonabrasive products, or you can purchase cleaning kits designed for clear aligners.

6. Subpar Brushing and Flossing

Your oral hygiene is more important than ever because bacteria can get trapped between your teeth and the aligners. Brush your teeth after every time you eat and before placing your aligners back in your mouth. Floss your teeth at least once daily. Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup.

Committing to your orthodontist’s instructions will ensure there aren’t any delays in your journey to a straight smile.

About Dr. Davis Witt

Dr. Witt earned his dental degree at the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine and continued his education in orthodontics at the University of Washington. He uses the latest treatments and techniques to create healthy, functional smiles. Request an appointment through our website or call (508) 500-9021.

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