Why Doctor – Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of ads on social media for dental splints, which are sold as miracle products for a beautiful smile. Can you explain to us what that is?
Lisa Hanrad- Alignment grooves, also “aligners” or in English “clear aligners“, are orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth. Aligners can perform mild to moderate corrections in much less time and at a lower cost than traditional appliances. The function is similar to metal braces: continuous pressure on the teeth causes them to form a new one assume position.In some cases, attachments (small pieces of ceramic) are placed to further increase the effectiveness of the aligner.
These plastic channels made of PET and PU are transparent, which enables a discreet and hardly visible connection.
Does an aligner replace the famous braces?
Despite constant technological developments that make it possible to treat an ever wider range of cases, aligner treatments cannot currently treat all clinical situations. Bands remain the best option to achieve therapeutic goals.
Do you have to wear it all day?
In order to have a perfect smile after the treatment is completed, it is advisable to wear your splint until 10:00 p.m. during the day, day and night. It has to be taken off by the patient for eating and drinking over an average period of one to two years and has to be changed every 15 days.
How do you take care of your teeth with an aligner?
As at normal times, it is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes in the morning and evening, preferably with an electric toothbrush. This effectively removes plaque and tartar and achieves up to 40,000 vibrations per minute with only 300 movements of a conventional manual toothbrush. Supplementary care, such as the use of mouthwash and interdental brushes, enables optimal oral hygiene.
In addition, daily cleaning of the aligner is essential throughout the treatment period.
how to clean it
Brush the aligner, the outside and the inside, at least twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Then rinse it off by brushing the outside and inside as well.
Can it be dangerous to use an aligner?
The treatment itself however, when performed by an orthodontist, it is not dangerous provided that the instructions given are followed and, above all, impeccable hygiene is observed. However, many companies make these aligners and sell them directly without calling in a specialist, which can be dangerous. Influencers and social networks are also the first vectors of their communication and unfortunately encourage people to take care of themselves.
Apart from this problematic tendency, it is possible in rare cases to observe an allergy to the materials used to manufacture the aligners in the patient.