What does life with aligners look like?
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Aligners have been delivered. You have tried them on. They fit perfectly. You are ecstatic. But what’s next? No matter how comfortable they are, it will take some time to adjust to them.
In this article, we will look at 8 effective ways to adjust to makeO toothsi aligners in your daily life. The good news is you get used to them in a week or two maximum and aligners will start feeling normal.
Life with Aligners
Adjusting to clear aligners is a cakewalk if you compare it to the adjustment that traditional metal braces require. With clear aligners, you don’t have to worry about food restrictions and the best part is that you don’t have to worry about them hampering your gorgeous smile as they are invisible.
However, if you are wearing them for the first time, we have got some tips and hacks that will make your teeth straightening journey smooth and convenient.
Here are 8 easy tips on how to adjust to clear aligners in your everyday life
1. It Will Take Time to Get Used to the Aligners
It may feel strange in the beginning to have a foreign ‘object’ in your mouth. Two things will happen after you put on the aligners – your mouth would feel ‘weird’ and you would be slightly sore. Aligners would be physically moving your teeth to their new positions. This will make your mouth slightly sore. But remember, soreness is an indicator of a positive change.
It will take some time for you to get used to the feel of the aligners on your teeth, tongue, lips, and gums. Fortunately, this ‘weird sensation’ lasts only a week or two. After that, you will be comfortable with the aligners.
2. Invest in a Travel Kit
Aligners have to go with you every time you step out. Whether you travel, go to work, or out partying, you will have to wear your makeO toothsi aligners. Additionally, you have to remove them before eating and brushing your teeth after every meal and putting them back on.
A travel kit will make your life easier when you are on the move. Put a travel-sized toothpaste, a small toothbrush, dental floss, and a mini mouthwash in it. Don’t forget to put your aligner case as well. Never keep your makeO toothsi aligners outside when you take them off.
3. Clean the Aligners Often
The aligners will stay in your mouth almost the entire day. So, they better be clean. You don’t want dirty aligners fostering harmful bacteria in your mouth for hours. Ew, we know!
So, the best course of action would be to wash the aligners every single time you take off. Use a toothbrush to clean it; if you don’t have one on you, wash it with cold water. (That’s why we suggest taking the travel kit with you).
4. Use Reminders
When you take out the aligners to eat or drink, it might slip your mind to put them back on. A good way to remember would be to put a reminder on your phone every time you take them off. Put a reminder in the morning as well as at night to make sure that you have your aligners on before you start your day and before you sleep.
Doing this will ensure that you keep your teeth aligners on for the recommended 22 hours every day. Eventually, it will become a habit and you won’t need reminders.
5. Take a Painkiller
If you don’t want to deal with the soreness or tenderness of your mouth during the initial days, we recommend that you resort to over-the-counter medicines that will numb your mouth and reduce the discomfort you feel in the beginning.
However, we recommend that you consult your orthodontist about this before you go ahead and pop a pill.
6. Wear Them for the First Time in the Night
Many orthodontists recommend patients wear their makeO toothsi aligners for the first time at night so that their mouth gets adjusted to them while they are asleep.
The soreness typically kicks in within the first few hours of wearing the teeth aligners so by wearing them at night, it will become easier for you to adjust to them.
7. Eat Right
Though there are no food restrictions when it comes to clear aligners, you can ensure that the initial days of wearing teeth aligners are smooth by eating soft and easy-to-chew food.
Your mouth might experience a slight tenderness because of the clear aligners so by eating soft food, you can give your mouth some rest.
8. Get Used to the Clear Aligners
Though it might be slightly uncomfortable in the beginning to talk with your clear aligners in the mouth, you will get used to them in no time. Remember that the mantra to follow is ‘ Persistence is the key’.
So, make sure that you exercise your mouth and get used to talking with clear aligners in your mouth.
Other makeO toothsi Products
makeO toothsi website is your go-to website for all things dental. Whether you are looking for an electric brush, retainer, teeth whitening gel, or a teeth whitening kit, makeO toothsi has them all and many more cleaning products for your aligners that will up your oral care regime like never before.
makeO toothsi recommends you follow these guidelines to the T. After a point, it will be the new normal and you won’t feel that you have to ‘adjust’ to the aligners.
How to get over the initial discomfort of wearing aligners?
The only way to get used to wearing clear aligners is wearing them as often as you can. Though you might be tempted to remove them often, make sure that you get in the habit of wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day for the best result.
How to clean your clear aligners?
Simply rinse your clear aligners in lukewarm water or soak them in lukewarm water and then rinse them gently to keep them clean.
How long does it take to adjust to clear aligners?
This varies from one person to another and how often you wear your clear aligners. Typically, it will take you anywhere between one to two weeks to get the hang of wearing clear aligners.
Can I chew with aligners?
Orthodontists recommend people remove their clear aligners before they eat their meals and snacks for safety reasons. So, you must never have your aligners on while you are eating your food.
Do aligners get easier?
Yes, wearing clear aligners gets easier as the days pass. Keep in mind that the slight discomfort you feel will disappear within a few days and you will become a pro at carrying out your daily life activities while wearing clear aligners.
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