Straightening and teeth aligning have become easy with improved orthodontic treatments and appliances. Earlier, there were only a few treatments and appliances like metal braces, which most teens and the young generation hate, plus braces cause so many problems. Apart from the cost of the props, one needs to maintain them, which is also costlier.

But now, it has changed. People are now investing in clear aligners and getting their teeth alignment.  

Clear aligners are a great way to start with your teeth straightening. People who have worn braces in childhood switch to aligners in their teenage or adult years. People who have severe teeth alignment issues can also have aligners. Aligners mostly take 6 to 7 months in mild cases and a maximum of 1.5 years in extreme cases. 

However, if you are thinking of getting aligners, there are a few things you need to know. 

13 things you should know before owning an aligner

Research: we should always have minimal or basic knowledge about the product on which we will invest our money and time, and also we should know how they will work and how effective they will be. The internet is full of information, so don’t hesitate to research aligners. Know everything you need, from pricing to the treatment procedure. Be smart, be responsible.

Brand: choose your brand wisely before getting your aligners. So I may have seen many promising advertisements from various brands, but not all shiny things are diamonds. But illusion aligner is a brand you can trust with closed eyes. They are a brand serving aligners and teeth straightening treatments to people. Also, illusion aligners are the only Indian brand that is US FDA ( United States food and drug administration) approved, which rarely have other brands. Their aligners are stain- and crack-proof, so you don’t have to worry about them getting broken or scratched.

Customized: aligners are completely customized, which means your aligner is one of a kind. The doctor takes a 3D scan of your mouth, and the aligners are made according to your mouth and teeth structure.

Speech adjustment: you might sound slightly different right after getting your aligners adjusted in your mouth. Some people may notice this problem where some can’t. It varies from person to person. But there is nothing to worry about as it’s normal. People who haven’t used orthodontic appliances before are more likely to face this issue, but it will fit in a few days. Remember to always wear your aligners in order to fix this issue.

Removable: as we all know, aligners are not like braces, and there are few advantages; that’s why we all switch to aligners. One of the perks of having aligners is that they are removable. That means you can remove them while eating or brushing your teeth. Or even while doing any sport.

Drinking water: as aligners cover the teeth; our teeth get dehydrated quickly; doctors recommend drinking water to keep our body and mouth hydrated. Drink a minimum of 3 litres of water every day to balance everything.

Age limit: though clear aligners are user-friendly and can be used by anyone, there is an age limit given by doctors to keep oral health at its best. According to dental specialists, children under the age of 15 are strictly prohibited from using clear aligners. As their jawbone and teeth are still in the process of growing until this age limit, aligners create heavy pressure on the mouth. So their growth can be affected by aligners. After 15 years, one can get aligners quickly after getting an appointment with a dental specialist.

Time limit: though aligners are removable, it’s only when it’s necessary. Don’t remove it without any reason or just for fun because it’s essential to wear your aligner at least 22 hours a day in order to work this in your mouth. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and money.

Invisible: many of us don’t want to let people know about our teeth alignment, and that’s why people don’t want to use braces. For them, aligners will be their best friend as aligners have a clear and transparent body. It works and fits in our mouth just like our own teeth.

Food habits: as we know, people with braces are prohibited from some foods to keep their braces perfect. But you can eat that food with aligners as you can remove them while eating.

But remember, aligners need 22 hours of wear time, which means you’re getting only 2 hours a day to finish all your meals and snacks. You can drink water with aligners on.

Drinking:  everything needs sacrifice, and aligners are not exceptional. People who love to drink coffee, tea, or other beverages (except water) may need to change their schedules. As one is getting only 2 hours a day to finish all meals and drinks, you have to restrict the timing of eating and drinking your favourite beverages and meals.

Brushing: with aligners, brushing becomes your best friend. After finishing any meal or drink, you need to brush your teeth before wearing your aligners again, and that’s why you will end up brushing your teeth more than four times a day. Brushing is not needed while drinking water.

Washable: clear aligners are washable. You need to wash your aligner twice daily as they stay in your mouth all day long. So it can smell bad sometimes and become a little dirty. Avoid them by washing your aligners with regular toothpaste and light warm water; you are good to go!

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