Sure Smile Aligners
How to Care for your Teeth when Wearing SureSmile® Aligners
SureSmile ® is a revolutionary clear aligner orthodontic system that can give you the straight teeth and beautiful smile of your dreams. The plastic aligners are custom-fit to slowly move your teeth into the proper place requiring the patient to wear them for 22 hours per day for maximum effectiveness. Unlike braces, you can remove your SureSmile® aligners for eating, drinking, and when conducting oral hygiene. Even though the aligners are removable, we want to ensure you know how to care for your teeth when wearing SureSmile® aligners so that you maintain a healthy mouth and reduce your risk for advanced oral conditions.
Excellent Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is a crucial component of your overall health. While wearing the clear aligners, saliva struggles to continuously rinse harmful bacteria from your teeth and protect your tooth enamel. As the plastic blocks saliva, your risk of developing a cavity or gum disease increases, especially if you aren’t caring for your teeth properly. Our highly trained Invisalign dentists at Seablue Dental recommend brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day. Anytime you eat food or drink a beverage other than water, you need to brush your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria. Also, flossing your teeth is essential because of the food debris and bacteria that get stuck between them. Failing to floss may increase your risk of cavities and gum disease, which isn’t a good combination if you’re trying to achieve the perfect smile.
Regular Dental Visits
During your SureSmile® dental treatment process, you will need to visit the dentist about every four to six weeks for a new set of aligners. However, remain mindful of your last dental checkup and cleaning and make sure to adhere to the six-month schedule. Regular dental checkups provide the SureSmile® dentists in Kent the ability to monitor more than your treatment results. The appointment allows the dentist to ensure there are no increased risks for gum disease or cavities. Your dental cleaning is a crucial way to keep hard-to-reach harmful bacteria from causing damage.
Drink Only Water
Clean Your Mouth Before Inserting Aligners
Food debris or harmful bacteria that get trapped underneath the aligners can cause tooth damage. Although you can remove your SureSmile® aligners to eat, you must make sure your teeth and mouth are clean before inserting them again. Your SureSmile® dentists understand that brushing and flossing may not be an option in some situations. Therefore, use mouthwash or water to swish and rinse out food debris and bacteria before wearing your aligners. However, as soon as possible, brush and floss your teeth.
Seablue Dental Office FAQ
Everyone’s needs are different, so have a chat to your dentist about how often you need to have your teeth checked by them based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.
Regular checkups keep you updated with your oral health and help diagnose and timely treatment of any problems developing in your tooth or gums or oral tissues.
You dentist will conduct an exam and x-rays at your dental visits and educate you about your oral health.
Regular brushing and flossing after every meal should keep the food particles from depositing in crevices of your tooth and hence keeps the harmful bacteria causing the tooth decay in check.
If there is a medical emergency or life threatening condition, call 911 or go to nearest ER.
Sometimes. Contact us for a consultation.