One of the reasons clear aligners are gaining popularity is because they are made from clear plastic, but does that mean people won't be able to see them? Our CCOA dentists explain.
Can People See Clear Aligners Being Worn?
Clear aligners have gained popularity in recent years, and are a modern alternative to traditional metal braces. Our CCOA dentists offer Invisalign clear aligners which consist of sets of transparent aligners that you will wear for a set amount of time to straighten your smile. These can be removed for eating and drinking purposes. Invisalign's clear, thin, plastic aligners are worn over your teeth to gradually realign them into the proper position for your smile.
If you take proper care of your aligners and keep up with your oral hygiene routine, it can be difficult for anyone looking at you to tell that you are wearing them.
However, if someone is standing very close to you then it is obvious that they may be more likely to notice your aligners, especially if you are talking to each other or have your mouth open.
If the person is standing farther away from you then it will almost certainly be more difficult for them to detect the presence of any dental appliances. However, someone looking at your mouth from a closer distance may be able to tell.
How Can I Keep My Aligners Clean & Looking Clear?
If you don't keep your aligners clean, then they will likely be more visible to those around you. For this reason and many other hygiene-related reasons, it is imperative that you keep your aligners and your teeth clean. As a bonus, this also helps keep your breath fresh too. Here are some tips to keep your Invisalign Clear Aligners clean.
Each time you take your aligners out of your mouth, make sure to rinse them thoroughly under running water before storing them or putting them back in your mouth. Whenever you clean your aligners (which should be done at least once or twice a day), it is important that you do not use toothpaste since it will likely damage them. Only clear, anti-bacterial mild soap and warm water should be used on them, and they should be brushed softly. Using Invisalign's specific cleaning crystals once a week can help keep your aligners in good condition. You can soak your aligners in this solution after the crystals have dissolved in the water.
The previous tips should be followed throughout your orthodontic treatment to ensure that your aligners and your teeth stay clean and free from bacteria, plaque, and germs.
Most importantly, you should never eat while you have your aligners in your mouth. One of the most appreciated features associated with Invisalign is that you can remove them to eat. It is critical that you remove them before eating or drinking to avoid accidentally damaging or staining them. Only water may be consumed while wearing your aligners.
Anytime your aligners are out of your mouth, they should remain in their carrying case. This will help keep them safe from damage but also from getting dirty and stained. It will save you time and frustration later. Whatever the reason for taking them out, whether it's for a meal or merely to brush your teeth, they must be returned to their case. The risk is high that you might damage your aligners or potentially lose them if you do not adhere to this rule. Please make sure to bring your aligner case with you everywhere you go just in case.