What Happens If You Never Clean Your Teeth When Using Clear Aligners

What Happens If You Never Clean Your Teeth When Using Clear Aligners from Town Square Dentistry in Boynton Beach, FLClear aligners are an alternative to braces that use clear molded trays instead of metal brackets, wires and elastics. Clear aligners offer patients a less noticeable way to straighten their teeth; however, they also place a slightly greater burden on care and proper usage with the patient.

The importance of proper care and usage

If patients do not follow the outlined instructions for how long to wear aligners and how to properly care for their teeth while using aligners, serious consequences can arise. While using clear aligner trays might sound simple — you take them out and put them in — to get the best results and keep teeth healthy and free of problems, patients need to pay attention to more than that.

Why proper teeth cleaning is so important

When not wearing corrective applications like braces or aligners, patients are encouraged to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day and after meals when possible. If a patient is using aligners, this recommendation goes up and is even more important. To keep teeth free of cavities while wearing aligners, it is important that patients try to brush and floss every time they eat. Aligners closely cover both the front and back of teeth, potentially trapping food particles and sugars between the aligners and the teeth. This creates an environment where plaque can thrive. Tooth decay and enamel breakdown will rapidly accelerate if wearers never clean their teeth while using aligners.

Tips for keeping teeth clean while using aligners

Wearers of clear aligners will have to get used to removing them each time they eat and cleaning their teeth before replacing them. Here are a few tips patients can use to keep teeth clean and healthy while wearing aligners:

  • Buy a travel-size toothbrush with an integrated case. These easily fit in a purse or pocket
  • Keep disposable flossers and picks in a convenient location like a purse, car, briefcase or a drawer at work
  • Keep a travel toothbrush at work and brush after lunch
  • Rinse the aligners with water before putting them back in
  • If it is not possible to brush or floss after eating, rinse as well as possible with water

It is important for patients to realize that they do not necessarily have to use toothpaste each time they clean their teeth after eating. The most important thing is to remove any food particles and sugars that may be present on teeth after eating or drinking something besides water.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Clear Aligners in Boynton Beach, FL.

Conclusion

Clear aligners can be a wonderful option for correcting crooked teeth or other orthodontic issues, but just like with traditional braces, caring for teeth during the process may be a little different than usual. To avoid potential issues like dental caries, tooth decay and gum disease, it is important for patients to clean their teeth thoroughly before replacing the aligners. Cleaning after eating and drinking is particularly important and may require a little extra effort on the patient’s part: a small price to pay for a straight, healthy smile.

Request an appointment or call Town Square Dentistry at 561-732-9727 for an appointment in our Boynton Beach office.

Related Posts

The Difference Between Clear Aligners And Traditional Braces

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, there are two main treatment options to choose from: Aligner trays and braces. Choosing between clear aligners and traditional braces can seem overwhelming at first. Both are effective, can be used on a variety of age groups, and require the use of a retainer after treatment is completed.…

Reasons To Choose Clear Aligners For Teeth Straightening

People choose clear aligners for a variety of reasons, including the fact that aligners are less noticeable. Aligners are an effective solution for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. These appliances have a proven track record of straightening teeth. Keep reading to learn more about why you should choose clear aligners for your orthodontic needs.Clear aligners…

What Can Happen If You Avoid A Root Canal Treatment

When a tooth root becomes infected by bacteria, a root canal treatment may be recommended to remove the infected tooth tissue. While some may fear this procedure, the truth is there is more to worry about in the consequences of not receiving a necessary root canal than of getting one in the first place. Failing…