Do: Wear the right aligner
Wearing the wrong set of aligners at different stages of the straightening process can actually mess with the current alignment of your teeth! So before you wear your aligners, make sure that you’re using the right pair for the stage you’re at.
Fortunately, the Zenyum app helps to indicate which stage you’re on since you’ll be logging in your progress every 10 days.
This will save you the hassle of scrambling to find the right aligners at different stages of the process.
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Do: Start with your front teeth
When putting on your aligners, gently press the aligners onto your front teeth and slowly make your way to the back.
You should feel the aligners snap right into place since they are made just for you! It is perfectly fine if your shiny new aligners are a little tight at first, but just apply slightly more pressure to push them into place.
To remove the aligners, simply do the opposite by using your fingertips to pull them out starting with your molars and work your way to the front. Likewise, new aligners can be a little difficult to remove, but with enough practice, you’ll be getting them off like a pro in no time!
Don’t: Bite on your aligners
If you’re facing trouble wearing your aligners, don’t bite them into place! This can cause your aligners to crack.
Instead, use the chewies that were provided and bite down on them for about 1 minute.
The chewies will remove any air gaps between your teeth and the aligners to ensure that they sit properly and are effective in straightening your teeth.
Don’t: Forget about wearing retainers
Retainers are just as essential in the teeth straightening process as aligners as they help to keep your teeth in place once the process is complete.
Not wearing your retainers after the straightening process can actually cause your teeth to revert to its original position.
To prevent this, check with your dentist and order your retainers a few weeks in advance before your treatment is over so that you can use them immediately. An added bonus would be that you can fearlessly show off your upgraded smile as soon as possible!
Don’t: Use hot water
You may think you’re getting the most out of cleaning your aligners with hot water by sterilising them at the same time. But hot water can actually cause the plastic to warp and ruin your aligners!
Once the aligners are warped, they are no longer in the right shape and you probably can’t wear them anymore.
Don’t: Clean your aligners in the washing machine
This happens to the best of us.
We forget to remove items out of our pockets and throw all our clothes into the washer, where our items get a nice spin in the washing machine.
If you’ve thrown your invisible braces into the wash by accident, don’t try to wear them again because they have probably gone out of shape!
Get a new set of invisible braces as soon as possible to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original shape.
Do: Clean your aligners regularly
After removing your aligners, always remember to clean them before keeping them safely in your braces case so that you don’t lose them.
The cleaning process is just as simple as putting the aligners on. All you have to do is grab a glass of lukewarm or cold water and add 1 tablet of the aligner cleaner. Next, leave the aligners to soak for 3 minutes. Once the colour turns blue, remove the aligners, rinse them and they’re as good as new!
And if you’re wondering how often you should clean your invisible aligners, just remember to clean it twice daily.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
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