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Invisible Braces: The Questions You May Forget To Ask

by Wyatt Morgan

Whether you are an adult or an adolescent, there are plenty of good reasons why you may be interested in invisible braces. Before you start your treatment plan, it is always best if you ask a lot of questions so you know precisely what to expect from your treatment. However, it is all too easy to forget a few things in the initial consultations. Here is a look at some of the questions you may forget to ask when you talk to the dentist for the first time about invisible braces. 

What happens if you accidentally lose one of your aligners?

It is not at all uncommon for patients to lose or damage an aligner on accident, so there is always a plan in place if this happens. If you had already been wearing the aligner for a bit when you lost it, you can probably safely move on to the next one. Just to be safe, it is a good idea to contact your treatment provider to discuss with them what you should do. In a worst-case scenario, a new aligner will have to be made to replicate the one that was lost, but this is a rare occurrence. 

Will the aligners smell bad or cause you to have bad breath?

There is actually a myth floating around that invisible braces can make you have bad breath. This notion comes from the idea that food gets trapped in the aligners, but that is actually impossible if you are following the proper guidelines of the invisible braces. You can't actually eat while you are wearing them, or at least, you will be advised to take them off while you do and then brush your teeth afterward. Those who follow guidelines should remove their braces before eating and then clean them and their teeth before putting the aligner back on. 

Do the invisible braces hurt your gums?

During the initial phases, your dentist will take several x-rays of your mouth and do some moldings. The very first aligner that goes on will be like a test liner; it will be trimmed down precisely to go with your gum line. All other aligners after that will have the proper fitting for the length of your teeth, so the aligners shouldn't actually rub against your gums if they are properly made. Therefore, there is really no chance of the aligners hurting your gums.