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Back To School Tips For Wearing Clear Aligners at School

Back To School Tips For Wearing Clear Aligners at School

A common question we are asked is how will my child manage caring for their Invisalign aligners while at school?

My daughter is almost 12 years old and is in her 5th month of treatment with Clear Orthodontic Studio’s resident orthodontist, Dr Ash.  I thought I would share with you the tips we give our patients at Clear Orthodontic Studio as well as my daughter’s personal challenges and tips when it comes to her Invisalign braces and caring for them.

What to pack:

On the day you are given your clear aligners, Clear Orthodontic Studio provides you with a retainer case; antibacterial spray; small tube of toothpaste and an aligner removal key.

After our initial appointment I took my daughter to purchase a travel toothbrush and a small make up pouch (which has dogs on it – as she is mad about dogs) to hold everything she would need to take to school. She takes everything that was given to her by Clear Orthodontic Studio as well as her travel brush.

Maintaining good hygiene

At recess and lunch the aligners need to be removed before eating and placed in their case. Never put your aligners in a napkin or a lunchbox, as they can easily get lost or be thrown out (Your aligner should only ever be in one of two places; on your teeth or in their case). After eating, you can give your teeth a quick brush and/or floss, or if you are short of time, a simple rinse with water for your mouth and a spray on the aligners using the antibacterial spray (no rinsing required) and you are ready to pop them back in.

After my daughter accidentally left her case at home, we got her a second case that stays in her dog pouch and we have another at home. This means she will never be without a case.

Initially my daughter felt self-conscious taking her aligners out in front of her friends. I suggested she go to the bathroom a few minutes before recess and lunch, so she could remove them and place them in their case.

She only needed to do this for a short time before she became confident at removing and replacing her aligners discreetly.

Soreness

After changing to a new aligner, you may experience tightness and find it hard to remove your aligners. You may also find your teeth feel a bit sore for a day or two.

A tip we tell our patients, is when you are due for an aligner change, do it at night so your teeth have a block of time without being taken out and you don’t feel the tightness while you are sleeping.

Pain relief medication is not usually needed, but can be given if required.

Will they wear their clear aligners for the required amount of time?

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It is recommended that clear aligners are worn for 20-22hrs a day to be effective. Some parents are concerned as to whether their child will comply with this recommendation. However, research shows that on average, teenagers wear their aligners for exactly the recommended amount and in fact are more compliant with their treatment compared to adults.

Invisalign treatment has been perfect for my daughter’s busy schedule and only took her a few days to get into a good routine that worked for her.

The team at Clear Orthodontic Studio are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

For an orthodontic assessment please contact us to find out how aligner treatment could work for you or your child.

How To Care For Your Invisalign Aligners: The Do’s & Don’t’s

How To Care For Your Invisalign Aligners: The Do’s & Don’t’s

Invisalign aligners are designed to fit your life while transforming your beautiful smile.  Keep eating the foods you love, playing sports and go about your day, while your nearly invisible aligners do their work, with no interruption to your lifestyle.

Invisalign clear aligners are easy to care for – although they can’t clean themselves or run away from curious dogs who love to chew…..yet.

Until that happens, there are a few things you need to make sure you are doing, to best care for your Invisalign aligners.

 

Do:

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  • Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day

Only remove your aligners to eat, brush, to drink anything other than water and to clean them. If you play contact sports for extended periods of time, please let us know so that we can offer you personalised advice.

 

  • Clean your aligners morning and night

Whenever you brush your teeth, use a gentle toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly clean your aligners.

If you are out and about during the day or it is too difficult at school, we do not expect you to carry your brush with you.  All you need to do is rinse your mouth with water and use the provided sanitising spray on your aligners.  This will kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and leave you with a fresh spearmint taste (No need to rinse prior to putting your aligners back in).

 

  • Use the right products for a deeper clean

Although you will be changing your aligners every 5-7 days, you may feel you want to give your aligners a deeper clean.

You can do this, by either soaking your aligners in white vinegar for 15 minutes or with a denture cleaning tablet adding a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide.

 

  • Keep away from dogs

When your aligners are not in your mouth, keep them in your case and in an out-of-reach place.  Your fury friend will love your aligners as a chew toy.

 

Don’t

  • Use hot water or a dishwasher

Rinse your aligners in lukewarm water only.  High temperatures can warp the aligners and damage them.

 

  • Soak in mouthwash

Some mouthwashes can be harsh on Invisalign aligners.  Do not be tempted to soak your aligners in a glass of mouthwash, as this can cause discolouration.

 

  • Use coloured soaps

Soaps with no colour can be used to clean your Invisalign aligners.  However coloured soap should be avoided, in case your aligners absorb the colour, leaving you with a tinted smile.

 

  • Wrap them in a tissue or serviette

When your aligners are not in your mouth, they need to be in their case.  If they are wrapped in a tissue or serviette, they are too easy to throw out.  If you have lost your aligner case, please ask us for a replacement one.

 

  • Change your routine when travelling

Travelling doesn’t mean you can get slack with your cleaning and care routine.

 

Looking After Your Invisalign Aligners

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At Clear Orthodontic Studio we are personally invested in making your smile the best it can be.

When it comes to caring for your Invisalign aligners, we can help by recommending all the right tools and products for a safe, stress-free cleaning routine.

After all, Dr Ash is the 2nd largest Orthodontic provider of Invisalign Aligners in Perth and all of Western Australia – so let us pass on our wisdom to you!

Our Retainer Advice

Our Retainer Advice

Retainer Wear

Your journey to a beautiful smile does not end when your Invisalign aligners come out for the last time. You have put a lot of effort into reaching this celebratory milestone. To ensure your beautiful new smile lasts a life time – you will need to wear retainers.

Retainers hold your teeth in their new positions while bone tissue rebuilds around them. Your teeth naturally want to shift through out life, whether you have had orthodontic treatment or not. Nothing can prevent 100% of tooth movement, but when retainers are worn as prescribed, they are the best tool available to minimize movement.

Retainers can only do their job, when they are in your mouth!

 

Some Important Tips!

When your retainer is not in your mouth, put it in its case!

• Always carry a retainer case with you
• Do not put your retainer in your pocket or bag, as you may damage it.
• Avoid wrapping your retainer in a tissue or serviette – it is too easy to throw away.
• Keep your retainer out of reach of dogs. Dogs love to chew retainers.
• Avoid heat. Your retainer can become deformed if it is left in the car, put in hot water or the dishwasher.
Avoid drinking any liquids (except water) when your retainers are in place. Liquids can seep into the retainer and is held against the teeth until the retainer is removed. Liquids other than water contain natural or artificial sugars and/or acids, which can cause tooth decay.

 

How To Keep Your Retainers Clean

• Clean your retainers with a gentle toothpaste or kitchen detergent before you put them in and after they are removed. If you find this too difficult during the day, you can rinse your mouth with water and spray a sanitizing spray called Smilesaver (which also has a pleasant spearmint flavor) onto your retainers.
• To remove stains, you can soak your retainers in white vinegar for 15 minutes or with a denture cleaning tablet with a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide once a week.

If you have a problem with your retainer, please contact our team at Clear Orthodontic Studio.

 

It’s Now Over To You!

Keep your smile healthy and beautiful with your home hygiene routine and seeing your dentist regularly for your check up and cleans.
To preserve the great results of your aligner treatment, wear your retainers as instructed by your Orthodontist, Dr Ash. Happy smiling!
*Invisalign aligners are a registered medical device, you should always read and follow the label and the instructions of your treating orthodontist.

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