Invisalign hygiene? Here is just one more reason Invisalign clear braces are superior to the traditional metal braces of our parent's time. The gentle nagging of our mother's voice echoes in our mind as we dutifully brush and floss our teeth twice a day fighting plaque buildup to keep our pearls whites healthy and clean. Bulky metal braces can be a hassle to keep clean for aesthetic purposes, but imagine what you can not see hiding around those metal brackets and wires. Invisalign braces have not only revolutionized smile aesthetics, but have changed dental hygiene forever.
The clear Invisalign aligners are removed for every meal, which means that you will not get embarrassing food bits in your teeth and more importantly it makes keeping your teeth healthy and clean a cinch. With Invisalign, brushing and flossing after meals, before bed and upon waking is as simple as if you did not have braces at all. For these brief periods, the aligners can be removed so your teeth can get a thorough brushing and flossing. The aligners also come with their own cleaning solution to help remove any lingering bacteria before they go back into your mouth. As an added benefit, you change aligners every 3-4 weeks depending on your smile needs. This translates to less time each your clear braces actually have to be in your mouth. The cycling of new Invisalign aligners through your treatment can put your mind at ease when it comes to microscopic bacteria in hard to reach places and just when you feel like that cleaning solution is not keeping your aligners clean enough, it is time for a new set. The Invisalign system was designed for easy use and great aesthetics, but dental hygiene is an additional bonus to an already amazing product.
Compare this with traditional braces that require clever maneuvering around bulky brackets, as well as wearing the same set of metal braces for the duration of your treatment. Yes, your bands get changed on a regular basis, but the metal braces are there to stay regardless of the number of cheetos, oreos, or other teeth sticking food you eat. Something as simple as easier teeth cleanings can go a long way to maintaining oral hygiene and good oral hygiene is always the first place to start when seeking that perfect smile. Dental hygiene is just one of the many benefits of Invisalign clear braces.
In my last article I explained the immediate and most obvious advantages of invisible braces or clear braces compared with traditional metal or wire braces. Clearly for most people the obvious word is 'invisible', and being able to wear braces which are potentially impossible to see without you actually look directly at someone's teeth has to be of huge benefit to most people.
Weaving traditional, metal braces can certainly be damaging to a person's confidence. The fact that statistically the majority of people who wear braces are in their teens, a time when people's confidence is at its weakest, wearing braces which are invisible is certainly of great benefit. For many people the reason why they choose invisible braces is simply because of this fact alone, but there are many other advantages with wearing invisible braces other than the fact that they are hard to spot.
In this article going to look at another of the advantages which clear braces offer those people who feel their teeth could do with some alignment. Many traditional metal braces are fixed into place, so that they can provide consistent level of pressure against the teeth over the period of time they need to be worn. This offer presents a problem to people, because clearly having metal braces fixed your teeth for two or more years makes it difficult as far as oral hygiene is concerned.
Cleaning teeth is not easy with a metal brace in place, and there are even some foods which can be tricky to eat. If you're someone who enjoys eating seeded buns then you may find that while you're wearing a metal brace you choose not to eat that particular item, simply because it is too easy for the seeds to become trapped or trapped within the metal brace . Not only does this feel awkward and uncomfortable, but of course it does represent an issue as far as dental hygiene is concerned.
But of course there's also the fact that there may possibly over the next couple of years be occasions when you really do not want to have a metal brace defining who you are and what you look like. Perhaps you've been wearing a metal brace throughout your time at university, and you really do not want all your graduation photographs to be dominated by a metal frame grinning at anyone who ever sees your picture.
Whether it's still photographs, family photographs, passport photographs or any other kind of photograph that is important to you, it is certainly beneficial if you can make do without having a metal brace which is highly visible. The advantage then with invisible braces or clear braces is that they can be removed at any time, very easily.
Invisible braces are actually clear trays which simply fit over your upper or lower teeth. These clear trays are not only quite comfortable to wear, and almost completely invisible, but can easily be worn on or off at any time. I should point out that taking invisible braces off is not recommended, and you must always remember to put them back on again as soon as possible. Wearing invisible braces for anything less than 23 hours a day could well result in your teeth actually shifting back into their original position, making it almost impossible to fix the invisible braces back. This could mean having to start the process all over again.
So being able to remove invisible braces for particular times such as a special meal, for cleaning your teeth, or the special photographs, is an advantage which has often been one of the deciding factors for many people who have chosen to have invisible braces or clear braces fitted rather than traditional metal or wire braces. In my next article I will explain more about how invisible braces really work.[Top]
Many people suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis. Often it is assumed the cause of the halitosis is the particular food that the person consumes. While eating a particular food such as garlic obviously explains temporary bad breath, a chronic condition indicates other causes. A good first place to look is dental hygiene.
To combat halitosis …
Brush your teeth after you eat.
This easy when at home. It is just as easy to carry a small toothbrush with you during the day or store one at your desk.
Flossing removes hard to reach and persistent food particles. It is vital to floss at least once per day. Twice is even better. Once you get in the habit of flossing, you'll find it goes quite quickly.
Drink Plenty of Water
The benefits of drinking water throughout the day extend beyond general health. Water is a good solvent and helps to clean your mouth.
Brush Your Tongue
This is a step often overlooked by many people. It removes dead cells, food particles and bacteria. It is best to use a sort bristled brush and do at least 20 strokes.
Replace Your Toothbrush
It is a good practice to replace your toothbrush once a month. A toothbrush can collect bacteria and the bristles become dull. A fresh toothbrush is much more effective.
It is always a good idea to schedule regular check ups with your dentists. This allows your dentist to spot problems while they are small and easy to correct. Maintaining good hygiene is not only something that promotes healthy teeth, it is often an effective way to avoid halitosis.[Top]