Invisible Orthodontics: How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene.

What is the invisible braces?

Invisible orthodontics is an orthodontic technique that allows the alignment of teeth in an almost invisible way. Using imaging technology and impressions or scans, this technique enables the display of the complete treatment plan, from the initial position of the teeth to the desired final position. Based on the prescription of the trusted orthodontist, this final position is then transferred for the production of clear plastic aligners or trays. In fact, a series of customized and transparent aligners are made, necessary for the gradual movement of the teeth. Each aligner aligns the teeth through controlled movements and is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next one, until the final position is reached. Treatment times vary depending on specific needs and are determined by the specialist.

What are the advantages of invisible treatment?

The invisible aligner system allows for the visualization of virtual results and the treatment plan even before its beginning. This way, it allows knowing in advance what the appearance of the teeth will be at the end of the orthodontic treatment. The aligners are almost invisible; in fact, it’s difficult for anyone to notice that the patient is wearing them. Moreover, they are removable, so during treatment, one can eat and drink whatever they want, maintaining proper at-home oral hygiene. The advantages are both aesthetic and functional, allowing those who wear them to discreetly modify their smile. In fact, the almost invisible trays make this system particularly appreciated by adults who do not want to resort to traditional metal braces, commonly used in children and adolescents. It is also much more comfortable because, thanks to its design, it does not cause mouth ulcers or abscesses like metal braces do.

How to clean invisible aligners?

For proper at-home cleaning of aligners, it is necessary:

Remove them from the mouth following the instructions provided by the orthodontist.
Brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, allowing the bristles to reach into the crevices. It is advised against using toothpaste, as it may be abrasive to the surfaces and create microscratches where bacterial plaque can accumulate.

Instead, it is recommended to use a specific cleaner or mild soap, and to enhance disinfection, the use of special cleaning crystals is recommended. These crystals dissolve in water and act on the aligners to be soaked for at least 15 minutes.

Rinse them under a constant flow of cold or lukewarm water to remove any trace of detergent. Since the aligners are made of thermoplastic material, the use of hot water is not recommended.
Dry them on a clean cloth.
Brush your teeth and use dental floss or interdental brushes at least three times a day (as instructed by the dental hygienist) before repositioning the aligners on the teeth. In conclusion, it is essential to clean aligners, teeth, and gums multiple times a day and after each meal to prevent the accumulation of bacterial plaque on the tooth surface for many hours, which can lead to the formation of cavities or gingivitis


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