Post Treatment Care
After treatment, you will be provided with a custom-made retainer which will prevent your teeth to shift back to their previous location. The retainer can either be removable or permanent, depending on preference. It may so happen that your teeth are sensitive after the treatment, therefore, it is advised to not consume, too crunchy food for a few days. Always visit a dentist after every 6 months to ensure that this smile remains intact.
General Instructions for the use of Clear Aligners
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your aligners.
- Handle only one aligner at a time.
- Each aligner has to be worn for exactly 2 weeks i.e. 14-15 days.
- Prescribed wearing time is a minimum of 17hrs per day.
- Each aligner has to be worn all throughout the day except during meals and brushing.
- Proper treatment is only possible with the 100% co-operation of the patient.
- Clean your aligners before and after each insertion. You can use a soft-bristle toothbrush and normal toothpaste. Rinse under running water and brush until clean. Always rinse them with cold or lukewarm water after removal. Do not clean them with hot water because heat can damage and warp the plastic. Do not use Dettol or denture cleaners to clean aligners or soak them in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the aligner, causing it to become dull and more visible.
- Brush and floss your teeth after each meal or snack before re-inserting your aligners.
- Brush and floss the teeth just before wearing the aligner.
- Make sure you have the proper aligner. U for upper and L for lower in the proper number sequence. They are labeled on each aligner.
- When inserting, gently push the aligners over your front teeth. Then, apply pressure to the tops of the left and right molars until they snap into place. DO NOT bite your aligners into place.
- Make sure each aligner is all the way down and fully seated. You should not see any space between the edge of the tooth and the edge of the aligner. If the aligner is not fully in place, the teeth will not move properly and the next aligner will be even further off.
- Using your fingers, start on one side at the molars, and slowly work your way around to the other side.
- To help prevent damage, avoid unnecessary removal.
- Do not use any sharp object to remove your aligners.
- Immediately rinse the aligner with water, shake off excess water, and store your aligners in the protective case provided with your starter kit.
- Do Not use excessive force to bend or twist an aligner to get it off.
Storing your aligners
- Always place the aligners in the cases provided.
- Never place aligners in napkins or any other case. Never place in a pocket that can be sat on.
- Always keep the most recently used aligners (previous case) also in a separate case or pouch with yourself. If your current aligner is lost or broken your treating doctor needs to be called immediately and you may temporarily go back or may go for the next tray as per your treating doctor's advice.