Modern dentistry is brilliant; what was once only achievable with orthodontic metal braces is now being treated with an array of different aligners, each with their individual benefits to the person wearing them and all of them as powerful as regular braces.
Sounds almost too good to be true. If you have recently had a brand of braces fitted known as Invisalign in Clapham, you will be glad to know that this brace is top of the line. It has high rates of success in treating mild to moderate misalignments and is removable!
However, while this brand of brace is renowned for its success and being lifestyle friendly, like all things, in the first few weeks of wearing it, you may find that you experience some difficulty adjusting to it. As you need to wear the aligner for a minimum of 20 hours a day to benefit from it, you cannot simply take it out and forget about it.
Not to worry. There are a few tips and tricks to help you get used to your new aligner.
As previously mentioned, this aligner needs to be worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day, so it is best to have a plan in place as to how you can achieve this, while also factoring in eating, drinking, sports or other activities you may undertake.
Many people find that one way to take 8 hours out of that 20 with ease is to sleep with the aligners in. However, without proper planning, that can also present difficulties.
When you get into bed however, you are now lying down, your teeth are pressed against your inner cheek, making the aligner more noticeable in your mouth. Also, many people report the wearing of this brace at night causes them to salivate excessively, which can disrupt sleep. While adjusting to this, try to prop your head at an angle with a pillow and try to lay on your back; this will minimise saliva production.
It is true that Invisalign is one of the most comfortable braces available. However, at the beginning of the process, you may experience some discomfort, which is normal.
If so, talk to your dentist about the best over-the-counter painkillers to use if necessary and enquire about having a different aligner made that you can wear at bedtime; you don’t want an uncomfortable night. Through the day, if any discomfort is caused by removing and putting in the brace, try sucking on ice cubes to relieve your sore gums.