Welcome to the aligner club! Wearing clear aligners can require you to change your lifestyle and adapt to the new BFF you can’t live without.
Here are 5 unexpected yet completely normal things that happen while wearing clear aligners.
Common side effects
1. Temporary Discomfort
There are many benefits of wearing clear braces compared to conventional braces but of course, there are some sacrifices that come along with getting our best smile. An initial symptom of changing to new aligners is temporary discomfort.
Besides the teeth soreness, you may experience a lisp for the first 2 to 3 days as your mouth needs time to adjust. Your tongue no longer hits the back of your teeth when you talk but once you have adjusted to the new feel, you’ll be able to enunciate like normal.
2. Your mouth goes dry
A more uncommon side effect of invisible braces is the feeling of your mouth going dry. Since the aligners are covering your teeth for many hours, your saliva will not be going over your teeth like it used to.
It probably feels like you are sucking on a sweet all day so your mouth may trigger a decrease in saliva production. Combat this temporary weird feeling by quenching your thirst and drinking lots of water.
3. Your teeth might feel lose
‘My teeth are falling out!’
We know that it may totally feel that way. However, it is normal for your teeth to be shaky and loose. Do not freak out, this is a sign that your aligners are working and you can continue eating crunchy and hard food!
4. Removing your aligners before every meal
Keep your aligners as clear as day by remembering to remove them before every meal!
Once you get used to your aligners, you may easily forget that it is even on and not take it off before eating or drinking anything other than water. A plus point about your aligners being removable is that you won’t face any food restrictions.
But please keep in mind your oral hygiene so if you’re consuming sticky food, floss before putting them back on.
5. Uploading pictures every 10 days
Well, this one wouldn’t be much of a lifestyle change for those who love taking selfies or just enjoy tracking their smile journey. We want your smile transformation to be as fuss-free as possible but still professionally supervised.
Our Zenyum App does just that for you, by monitoring your progress and ensuring you stay on track. After 10 days and sufficient wear time, your aligners will begin to feel loose and you’ll receive a reminder to switch to a new set.
Enjoy your progress
Remember that these symptoms are only temporary, and there are ways to counter them. As long as you wear your invisible braces for the full 22 hours per day, you’re on track to a straighter smile!
Don’t let temporary discomfort hinder you from smile success. Take our free smile assessment today to find out your suitability.