The Aligner Accessories Every Clear Aligner Wearer Must Have

The Aligner Accessories Every Clear Aligner Wearer Must Have
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Table of Contents

  1. What Accessories Can Go Along with Your Aligners?
  2. Helpful Accessories
  3. References
Invisible aligners help people achieve a straighter, more perfect smile that we all dream of having, and they’re a tool dentists and orthodontists can use for almost any patient that needs orthodontic treatment.
While aligners are generally easy to wear and maintain, there are a few accessories that can make living with them easier.
From the right case to specialized cleaning solutions, here's a look at the key accessories every aligner wearer should have.

What Accessories Can Go Along with Your Aligners?

Of course as an aligner wearer, you need to have the same basic dental tools that everyone needs. A good soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and dental floss will help you clean your teeth thoroughly whenever you remove the aligners. An oral irrigator can be helpful for cleaning between close-together teeth that you can't floss. And a good mouthwash will keep bad breath at bay.

You will need additional dental accessories for taking care of your aligners. The best ones are a good aligner case, an aligner removal tool, aligner chewies and aligner cleaning spray.

Why Having Aligner Accessories Can Be Helpful

Having the right accessories can make wearing your aligners less of a burden, allowing you to have a more pleasant tooth straightening experience. Accessories can also help keep your teeth in top shape while you wear your aligners, reducing your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and bad breath.

Here's a look at how some specific accessories can help you along your tooth-straightening journey.

Aligner Chewies
If you have trouble getting your aligners into place when you first pop them in, then aligner chewies will be a good addition to your routine. You pop your aligners in, and then you bite down on an aligner chewie. By biting down, you help ensure the aligner is correctly positioned around your teeth, allowing it to straighten effectively.
Aligner Cases
A good aligner case will protect your aligners when you have removed them from your mouth. You can keep the aligners in the case while you eat so that you don't accidentally throw them away or lose them. A good case also keeps your aligners clean if you need to pop them into your purse or bag for a while.
Aligner Cleaning Spray
While the traditional way to clean your aligners is with soaking tablets or a toothbrush, both of these cleaning options can be cumbersome. A cleaning spray is easier to use. You spritz it on your orthodontic device after you've removed it. The cleaning spray kills germs that cause bad breath without damaging your aligners.
The right tools and accessories can make wearing invisible aligners so much simpler. Stock up on basic dental hygiene tools, cleaning spray, a remover tool and some aligner chewies, and you'll enjoy greater comfort and ease throughout your orthodontic treatment.

References

Clear Aligners in Orthodontic Treatment. (March 2017). Australian Dental Journal.

8 Tools for a Better Smile. (February 2012). Everyday Health

Orthodontics. Mouth Healthy, American Dental Association

9 Things You Should Defnitely Know if You're Considering Invisalign. (November 2015). Women's Health.

Braces vs. Clear Aligners. (January 2019). American Association of Orthodontists.

Invisalign Treatment Planning Guide. Align Technology, Inc.

7 Essential Accessories for Clear Aligners. Aligners Guides.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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