Posted on 3/25/2020 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Orthodontic aligners are a way to straighten your teeth without the brackets and wires of traditional braces. In addition to their simple design, clear aligners offer other advantages over braces, including being removable and easy to clean.
Patients with minor to moderate spacing or crowding issues can often benefit from orthodontic aligners, but braces are typically necessary for more severe orthodontic issues.
An orthodontic aligner system consists of a series of clear, removable trays, or mouthpieces, each of which is custom-made to fit over your teeth while gradually moving them to their proper position. After each aligner is worn for a typical 20 to 22 hours a day for around 2 weeks, you will advance to the next tray, and so on until the end of treatment, which generally lasts between 6 and 18 months.
Orthodontic Aligners and Your Gums
As with braces, you will feel some discomfort when you first begin wearing aligners and each time we advance you to a new tray. This is completely normal as your teeth adjust to each newly fitted aligner. You may feel achiness in your jaw, as well as more intense tooth pain and soreness in your gums.
This discomfort should dissipate quickly with each tray advancement, however, so much of your time wearing aligners will be pain-free. If pain persists in your gums specifically, or there is redness and swelling lasting more than a day or two, contact our office as soon as possible. We would need to rule out the possibility of gum disease.
Other than some temporary, mild to moderate soreness in your gums due to a foreign object being next to them, you shouldn't worry about the health of your gums simply because you're wearing aligners. Furthermore, traditional braces are much harder to brush and floss around, making plaque buildup a bigger concern, especially without excellent oral care habits. If you think that orthodontic aligners might be a solution for your teeth straightening needs, contact our office for a free consultation.