Crooked teeth, wonky smiles, gaps, and overlaps are all very common. Often, attempts are made to correct these issues when we’re in our teens, with uncomfortable braces and retainers. Unfortunately, these don’t always work, typically because we don’t fully commit to the process, or we choose not to follow through with aftercare. This can mean that our teeth move back over time and even after years of dental work, our smiles aren’t what we’d like them to be.
Many of us make the mistake of thinking that it’s too late. If your teeth aren’t straight as adults, they never will be. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Clear aligners from Straight My Teeth are becoming more and more popular with adults looking to correct issues. Straight My Teeth at home clear aligners are a convenient and effective way to straighten teeth no matter what stage of life you are in. While Straight My Teeth aligners are far more convenient and easier to use than more traditional metal braces, they can still take some getting used to. Here are some tips to help you.
Keep Them In
When you first start wearing any kind of aligners, it can be uncomfortable. While they move teeth very gradually, the start of the process can be mildly painful, as your teeth begin to move. You might be tempted to keep taking your aligners out, to make this process easier. This can be a mistake. While you might gain some relief, it will be short-term. It’s best to leave them in as much as possible for the first few days, to help your teeth and gums to adjust as quickly as possible.
Wear Your Aligners at Night
You are much stiller during the night. You don’t open your mouth to speak or chew, and your jaw stays fairly still. This means there’s far less to disturb your aligners. Wearing them at night gives your mouth a great chance to get used to them, and your teeth a chance to adapt to the movement while you are asleep. Saving you some discomfort.
Eat Soft Foods
You certainly won’t need to eat pureed food or stick to soup when you first start wearing your aligners – but your gums and teeth will be more sensitive than usual, and you’ll probably find that sticking to softer options, avoiding anything that takes a long time to chew, is crunchy, or needs a strong first bite for a few days is more comfortable.
Because of increased sensitivity, you might also prefer to avoid anything too hot or cold, or too sugary.
Take Pain Killers
Any discomfort that you might feel should be fairly mild and short-lived, but you certainly don’t have to power through. Take normal pain killers that you might use for a headache.
Carry on with Your Day
The best thing that you can do to get used to your aligners is just get on with it. Yes, take pain killers, try to wear them at night, and avoid foods that might make things worse, but otherwise, get on with your day as if they aren’t there. Ignore them, and you’ll soon start to forget that they are there.
Clear aligners can be a fantastic way to straighten your teeth and feel more confident in your smile. They are typically easy to use, convenient and comfortable, but they do take a little getting used to. If you feel anything more than mild discomfort, get in touch with your provider for further assistance.