Having perfectly straight teeth is a desire that most of us share. However, it is not only a straight smile that is of aesthetic benefit, having straight teeth provides us with a significant advantage to sustain a healthy mouth. It enables us to access and clean our teeth effectively, reduce build up of plaque and subsequently improving the health of our surrounding bone and gum.
Clear aligner therapy such as Invisalign or Smilestyler provides its users with the aesthetic comfort of not having to wear brackets and wires to achieve a beautiful smile.
Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks, gently shifting your teeth into place whilst you maintain your current lifestyle!
A thorough examination including x rays, photos and 3D scans will be taken by your dentist so that an accurate analysis and record is taken for the diagnosis and treatment planning of your teeth and jaw.
At Dentists & Doctors Geelong we are pleased to offer Gap free orthodontic consultation appointments.
Following your initial examination at Dentists & Doctors, you will be provided information on what your treatment options are, how soon you should start treatment, duration of your Clear aligner treatment and an approximate cost.
Whilst undergoing Clear aligner therapy it is essential that you:
1. Maintain good oral hygiene
It is important that whilst completing your orthodontic treatment you maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. This means maintaining twice daily toothbrushing, daily flossing, use of mouthwash and fluoridated toothpaste.
Wearing retainers can make it difficult to clean your teeth and provides an extra surface for the bacteria and food to collect, thus it is important to maintain regular oral home care practices and speak to your dentist if you aren’t sure how to clean your teeth and retainers.
2. Attend regular dental checks
Visiting your dentist every 6 months for a routine dental check, clean and fluoride treatment is important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It ensures any teeth which are at risk of tooth decay are regularly monitored, X rays may also be taken at your routine dental checks.
3. Modify your diet
While completing orthodontic treatment it is important to modify any poor existing dietary habits. You will need to avoid eating sticky foods such as toffees and hard sticky candy, as well as limiting your intake of carbonated drinks such as Coke which are high in sugar and acidic.
A poor diet will increase your risk for tooth decay, more so whilst undergoing orthodontic treatment as sugar and acid consumed lies on your teeth and held on to the surfaces of your teeth for several hours with your clear aligners, providing perfect conditions for tooth decay.
Your dentist will provide you with more information on appropriate diet and oral hygiene habits.
4. Follow directions given by your dental practitioner
Whilst completing your orthodontic treatment with Clear aligner therapy (such as Invisalign or Smilestyler) it is important your aligners are are worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day to achieve effective movement of teeth and ensuring treatment is completed in the time frame discussed.
Clear aligners are not to be worn during mealtimes or whilst drinking fluids other than water.
After completion of your Clear Aligner therapy you will be provided with either a clear retainer, similar to the aligners worn during treatment, to prevent future movement of teeth. If your retainers are not worn according to the advice given by your dentist your teeth may move out of alignment.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks, the clinicians at Dentists & Doctors will be happy to discuss all risks associated with any procedure prior to your treatment.
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