So you may be just beginning, began or in the middle of your invisible aligner treatment and have a few things that may or may not have happened. We are here to ease any worries or hang ups that you may be facing. But don't sweat it, our treatment causes weird BUT wonderful things to happen. We are all in this together.
Your mouth is as dry as the Sahara desert
So if you think about it, you have placed an object in your mouth for 22 hours a day. Your mouth is more than likely going to feel a bit dry. A reusable water bottle should be on your list of essentials to bring around during treatment.
This will help you avoid any dry mouth but will also help hydrate your body, skin and hair - its a win-win all around. A lip balm is also a must-have during treatment as it will counteract any chapped lips caused from the dry mouth.
Drooling like a baby.
Having the aligners in your mouth can also cause the opposite of dry mouth: excessive drooling. This is totally normal and will pass once your mouth gets used to the foreign object that has taken up camp within it.
We recommend that you use mouthwash to help rinse your mouth and ease the drool. Also place a towel on your pillow at night until the "droolathon" has passed.
No pain, no gain.
At the beginning of each aligner you may feel mild pain, tightness or just general discomfort. This is actually a good sign and completely normal as it means that your aligners are the correct fit and moving them teeth closer towards your #SmileGoal.
We recommend that you when change to the next aligner, do it just before bed and take a painkiller so that the discomfort can occur while you're safe and asleep in the land of nod.
Some people develop a lisp during your invisible aligner treatment. The lisp generally occurs at the beginning of each change of aligner which makes perfect sense as its a different fit from the previous one and your mouth simply has to adjust.
We've had Smilers that have loved it and seen it as cute and then others not so much. But fear not, the lisp will eventually fade.
Loose teeth are happy teeth.
Just like the discomfort, looseness of teeth shows that our treatment is working. You are moving your teeth after all, your teeth need to loosen up so that they can move towards their new forever home - as long as you wear the retainer after of course. Bottom line - the looseness will pass and be done by the time you are finished your treatment.
Aligners won't behave - are too tight or too loose.
Your aligners can be loose when you make the change to the next aligner as it is a new mould that your teeth need to align and fit into. This may cause incisal gaps - a gap between your aligner and the bottom of your teeth.
This can be simply fixed by our Chewies, which we provide in our Aligner kit. You chew on them for 5-10 minutes at 2-3 times a day. This will ensure that your aligner will begin to fit and close the gap.
If your next change of aligner is too tight, you may or may not need to backtrack to the previous aligner. Give the new set at least 2 - 3 days to see if they loosen. If they remain tight or not fit at all please contact our Smile Care team on firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Under or over. . .bite.
So your bite - be it an underbite or overbite- is likely to move during the treatment as the purpose is to move those teeth to a new more comfortable position. Your bite should shift to the correct seating by the end of treatment.
Yet again if you have any qualms or worries about how your bite is moving please do not hesitate to drop us a mail and our Smile Care team will be with you as soon as possible.
Cavities - are (obviously) not a good thing.
Keep in mind that you are covering your teeth for at least 22 hours a day, so be diligent and clean your aligners with a regular dental hygiene routine. Clean your aligners with baking soda and a soft toothbrush.
Or soak them in a tablespoon of white vinegar and a cup of water. Saliva can't reach the teeth with the aligners covering them, saliva is a natural cleanser so ensure that you clean and brush your teeth after every meal. Or else the cavities will come a knockin'.
Bleeding - another not-so-good thing.
So blood in general is (more times than not) a bad thing. The main cause of bleeding within invisible aligner treatment is gingivitis. This is another solid reason to ensure that you are strict with your dental hygiene while undergoing our invisible aligner treatment.
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