I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Whether you're looking into invisible braces for yourself or a loved one, you probably have lots of questions about the process. Will it work for you? Will it hurt? How do you take care of your teeth and the aligners? Here, you'll find the answers to these questions to give you some insight if this is the dental alignment process suitable for you and your lifestyle.
Will it work for you?
The truth is, not everyone is a great candidate for invisible braces. Some people have teeth that are so far out of alignment that this method of dental alignment won't work from start to finish.
In some cases, severe misalignments will need some treatment with traditional wire braces. This could be for several months, or a year or two. Once the teeth are moved into better positioning, the wire braces can be removed and you can begin treatment using the invisible braces.
The only way to know if you're a good candidate is to work with a professional to discuss your teeth and what can be done to give you the smile that you're dreaming of.
Will it hurt?
People have different thresholds of pain. In most cases, the worst pain is simply discomfort during the first day or two of wearing the new aligning tray. You should not feel pain. If you do, you can talk with the professional treating you to adjust the tray.
Tips for Care
One of the few complaints that people have when beginning the invisible braces treatment is difficulty getting that tray off of their teeth to brush and go to bed at night.
The trick to getting the tray off of your teeth is to rinse your mouth well with very warm water. This will make the tray more pliable and easy to remove.
Another trick is to use an aligner hook. Reach the hook back to the far edge of the tray and snag the hook onto the end. Pull gently and the tray should pop off easily. If not, rinse with very warm water once more and try again.
If you're still struggling, try using rubber gloves. The gloves provide more grip than your skin does and could be all that you need for a quick removal.
Talk with your local invisible braces professional near you. He or she will answer all the other questions you have and guide you to the best treatment option for your situation.