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Tips for Navigating Your First Weeks With Clear Aligners

Starting your journey to a straighter, more confident smile with the discreet clear aligners is a smart move! It's an exciting and positive step, but the first few weeks can bring some adjustments and questions. 


As NJ orthodontics experts, we help you ease through this transition with practical tips to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience.



What are clear aligners?

Orthodontic clear aligners are plastic pieces molded to fit your teeth and straighten them into position. Think of them as braces but more aesthetic. Plus, they work just as well but are barely noticeable.


Getting used to wearing clear aligners might feel a bit strange at first, and it's expected to have concerns about how to handle this new experience. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your first weeks with clear aligners go as smoothly as possible:


Tips for navigating your first weeks with clear aligners


Set up a routine

Establishing a consistent routine is essential when starting with clear aligners. For example, create a daily schedule that includes regular times for eating, cleaning your teeth, and caring for your aligners.


Consistency will help you adapt quickly and ensure your treatment progresses according to plan. 


Clean them regularly

Just like your teeth, your aligners need to be cleaned every day. Use a soft toothbrush and clear, antibacterial soap to get rid of any plaque buildup. It’s also a good idea to clean them every morning and night to keep them fresh and clear.


Don’t joke with oral hygiene

Brushing and flossing are even more crucial when you’re wearing aligners. So, brush your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back in. 


During your treatment, maintain a thorough cleaning routine, including brushing and flossing twice daily, to prevent cavities and gum problems.


Expect some discomfort

Your teeth are moving into new positions, so it’s normal to feel some soreness, especially when you start a new set of aligners. 


To help ease the pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You can also try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.


Use dental wax

If your aligners are irritating your gums or the inside of your cheeks, use dental wax to cover any sharp or rough edges. This can make wearing your aligners much more comfortable and help prevent sores from developing. 


You can find dental wax at most drugstores, and it’s easy to apply. Just pinch off a small piece and press it onto the part of the aligner that’s bothering you.


Beware of staining drinks

Coffee, tea, and dark sodas can stain your aligners. To keep them clear and clean, remove your aligners before drinking these beverages. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth and the aligners with water before putting them back in.


Track your wear time

It’s essential to wear your aligners for the recommended amount of time each day. Some apps or wear-time trackers can help you keep track of how long you’re wearing your aligners. 


Make sure to aim for the wear time suggested by your orthodontist, usually around 20-22 hours a day.


Get orthodontic clear aligners treatment without the hassle

With personalized consultation and expert guidance, clear aligner treatment can be a seamless experience. 


Our team will help you navigate every step of the journey toward a confident and healthy smile. From your first appointment to the day you achieve your dream smile, we are here to support you.


Don’t wait any longer to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule your orthodontist consultation today. 

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