As the obsession for a straight smile grows, more and more people are getting curious about their treatment options and with the constant increase in the use of aligners, it’s only fair that people are now asking questions regarding their braces. Which braces are best for them? What about oral hygiene while using braces? Which option is cost-effective? Etc. If you have any such questions, feel free to go through our blog to find all the answers.
In this article today, we will discuss one of the most googled questions about aligners. How to know if your aligners are the right fit?
Are my aligners the right fit?
This question has become the most common in the recent times, as more and more people are preferring at-home treatment options over conventional ones. Who wouldn’t take a fancy to have their treatment reaching their doorsteps without any effort? But the main set back is the lack of any expert support and the constant unsurety about particulars regarding your treatment.
Today, we will answer all your questions relating to the fitting of your aligners. So, let’s start
One thing that you should always keep in mind is that your aligners should be in full contact with the teeth. The biting surface of your (all or at least most of) teeth should touch the inner surface of your aligners. This is very important when checking the fitting of your Aligners. If the occlusal (biting) surface of your teeth is not in contact with the aligners, this can cause serious problems as eating will be a lot difficult and your aligners might get damaged with pressure.
Little Space Between teeth
This is pretty normal in most cases. When you are using new aligners, your teeth will have space between them which late will be removed with the constant use of aligners. Also, depending on the malocclusion in your dentition, there might be little space between the biting surface and the aligner. The space, if present in a couple of teeth is normal and will be removed with normal chewing. This space shall however not be present in more than 2-3 teeth.
New Aligners are too tight
This is normal when you are using new aligners. This is a good thing as you are using new aligners and you feel a little pressure. That means your aligners are doing the job and pushing the teeth in their proper place. You will soon feel the pressure decreasing after a week or so which is a sign that your teeth have started to move. During treatment, you will be changing your aligners after every 2-3 weeks depending on your treatment plan, as old aligners have done their job. That way, every new aligner will (and should) feel a little tighter in the beginning.
Another very important thing about aligners is that as we already discussed, they should have a tight grip around the teeth but it’s quite opposite when it comes to your mucosal tissues. Make sure your aligners are not hurting the lining of your gums or cheeks. Such cases are very rare but if you experience any pain, there’s a fault in your aligners. Make sure you consult your provider or the assigned Doctor and get them changed, as the constant use of such aligners can cause injury.
This is one of the most important factors to determine the fit of your aligners. Molars require more force than other teeth as they have multiple roots. Make sure each pair of your aligners covers and grips your molars. That’s also the point from where you will feel the force.
Using aligners can change your saliva production cycle. It varies from person to person, so, there is no hard and fast rule. Yet in most cases, it does affect saliva production. You might experience more saliva production at the start, or you may be even dry your mouth because of less production. Both cases are perfectly normal.
These are the few tips to help you determine whether your aligners are the right fit or not. This can help you make sure your “At-Home” treatment experience is no different than a dentistry one, well of course other than the comfort. Still, if you do feel any need, it is best recommended to consult your assigned doctor. If you have any other questions, feel free to let us know. Till then, wishing you a Happy Smile.?