Clear aligners can help patients achieve a smile they are proud of by straightening misaligned teeth. However, adjusting to life with clear aligners can be difficult as they can feel strange at first and cause some discomfort as the teeth begin to shift into the proper position.You can make a smooth transition into life with…
Why You Should Remove Clear Aligners While Eating
Clear aligners are made for the sole purpose of aligning your teeth. The aligners are fragile and can break or crack under intense pressure. This renders them ineffective. Here is why you should remove aligners while eating.
Prevent them from breaking
Clear aligners are plastic in nature. These are made from a thermoplastic material that cures into hard plastic. This property makes it easier for them to crack or break under intense chewing pressure. Patients should not be tempted to have a little food or snack with aligners on.
Also, patients should avoid any sugary foods such as ice cream. These sugars end up attaching onto the aligners and can cause the buildup of bacteria. But when the aligners are out, there is the freedom to eat anything. Patients should brush the teeth before putting aligners back.
Avoid staining aligners
While the dentist will say it is okay to drink water without removing the aligners, they will request for the removal of the aligners when eating. There is a possibility of having residual food particles on the mouth that leave a mark on the aligners. The food particles end up staining the aligners and cause discoloration. This is the same effect caused by smoking tobacco. During the treatment, the dentist will point out the importance of brushing and flossing teeth immediately after eating. This reduces the chances of staining the aligners as they are put back in the mouth after a meal.
Avoid cavities and gum diseases
When eating, food particles can get stuck in different places in the mouth. In most cases, the saliva washes away this residue from the mouth. But if one is eating with aligners on, there is a high probability that the food will be trapped between the teeth and the aligners. The saliva would not be able to wash away this residue. As a result, the residue might stay in contact with the teeth and lead to gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis advances and the layer between the teeth and gums becomes infected leading to tooth loss.
Avoid bad breath
It is a common thing to have food stuck in the spaces between teeth when eating. This is no different when eating with aligners. But if one does not brush and floss their teeth together with these aligners especially in between the spaces, they will have bad breath. To avoid this, patients should ensure that clear aligners are removed before eating and the teeth are brushed before placing back the aligners. It is important to focus more attention on brushing the tongue. That is where most of this bacterial congress occurs.
Choose clear aligners today
Clear aligners are like bathtubs for your teeth. You do not want your teeth sitting on anything that will damage them. Also, remember to brush your tongue because that is where there are a lot of bacteria that cause bad breath to stay. If you have some questions or need some help with aligners, feel free to get in touch with your dentist.
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