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What is an Osseous Surgery and Why is it Performed?

Osseous surgery is a type of operation performed on the bone and overlying tissues of the teeth to purposely correct the teeth or gums in the mouth so as to enable the teeth lie in good shape by holding them together.

Aims of performing osseous surgery

The surgery is done to eliminate an infected or necrotic bone. It helps in reconstructing the bones in to a perfect shape. It is also done to treat various types of periodontal diseases such as gum diseases and is effective when performing an implant procedure.

Osseous surgery is used as a preventive measure of reducing pockets by eliminating the affected teeth. It helps in restoring the alveolar bone and also prevents rising local factors of the teeth. The surgery also enables one to effectively place mechanical barriers on teeth that have defects and also give a new attachment apparatus by reconstructing the periodontal unit.

Deep vertical defects can be corrected through this kind of surgery too. The defects that are often on the molars can be corrected by removing the bone on the molar furcation area. It facilitates the treatment of loss of bones around the teeth area which make them weak.

This surgery is performed to help achieve good scaling and also plans for a good root system of the affected tooth. Since there is no instrument that can do that better, the surgery remains an effective way.

Weak teeth are supported by the roots through this operation. The process enables the teeth to hold firmly for some time. It is mostly performed on the mandibular premolar area.

Osseous surgery also reconstructs deep invasions of the upper and lower molars on the buccals or the linguals. They help rebuild attachment apparatus in the furcation area for easy maintenance.

It is however important to note that one should undergo periodontal therapy to determine whether the surgery will be effective. After the surgery, high standards of hygiene should also be observed to prevent chances of contracting any disease. When proper hygiene is not observed it becomes easy for an infection to occur.

This surgery can also help replace decayed teeth. They are carefully removed then replaced with a layer of new, strong and well shaped teeth.

It is also important to note that bleeding and swelling may occur after the surgery has been conducted but can be controlled easily by placing an ice pack on the outside of the affected area. In cases where the bleeding and swelling is in excess it is advised that you seek medical attention because the infection may be severe.

There should be no cause for alarm when your teeth react to hot or cold drinks since after this treatment, the teeth become so sensitive making the roots to develop cavities. Always remember that osseous surgery can never be performed in areas where the bones have been lost horizontally. The procedure should also not be performed in esthetic areas because it creates space in between the teeth, resulting to a poor arrangement of teeth.



Source by Robert Melkonyan

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8 Questions to Ask Before a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a fairly common procedure, though it may sound much more painful than it is. Every patient is different, but for some, removal of the wisdom teeth is essential. If your dentist recommends this treatment, find out more about your condition and what having this procedure will mean to your oral health.

Why You Need It

Not everyone needs to have these teeth removed. The American Dental Association states that in the following cases, it may be necessary to remove them. If you have pain, infections, cysts, tumors, damage to the adjacent teeth, gum disease or significant tooth decay, having these removed can be good for a person’s general health.

Before Pulling Them, Ask Questions

Before you go through having an extraction, ask your dentist about the procedure and your need for it. You probably want to know why you need this dental treatment. The Mayo Clinic recommends talking to your dentist or oral surgeon about the following questions.

  • How many of your teeth need to be extracted?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • What type of sedation will be used, local anesthesia or sedation anesthesia, and why?
  • What are the risks for nerve damage in your situation?
  • How complicated is your procedure likely to be based on preliminary x-rays and exams?
  • Is there damage to other teeth as a result of the impacted wisdom teeth? Will those teeth need additional care?
  • What additional dental treatments will be necessary after the procedure, if any?
  • How long should you expect to be recovering? When can you resume your normal activities?

Every patient is different. That’s why you will need to talk to your dentist about your personal conditions and the planned procedure, to discover what to expect ahead of time.

What You Should Know Before

It is important for individuals to understand the procedure and the risks associated with wisdom tooth extraction. You should have someone stay with you and help you after the procedure for at least 24 hours as anesthesia wears off. Having someone available to help you to remain comfortable can be important during the first day, as the pain and discomfort is most severe then.

You should also talk to your dentist about any restrictions on foods, drinks or other medications before heading into the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication for you. Have this medication filled right away, so you are comfortable after the procedure. Although your experience with having teeth extracted may differ from others’ experiences, your dentist can tell you what to expect, and how to prepare.



Source by Arthur Willet

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Dental Extraction – What is It?

Tooth extraction is a process of removing a tooth from its bone socket.

When is it done?

In case of a breaking tooth or a damaged or decayed tooth, a dentist will first try to mend it with certain options such as, crowning, filling or other such treatments. Sometimes, these treatments might not be of great help due to the intensity of the damage caused to the tooth. In such cases, extraction is the last method of treatment.

The reasons are noted herein:

Some people often have an extra tooth that blocks other teeth from getting in.

For people wearing braces, it is often essential to give space to those teeth that needs to be moved into the right position.

People who receive radiation on their neck and head might have to extract the teeth that come in the radiation field.

People under cancer drugs might also develop teeth infection. These drugs are very powerful and they weaken the overall immune system thus, elevating the risk of any infection. Any infected teeth might need an extraction.

People who have undergone an organ transplant might also need teeth extraction because the teeth can be a cause of infection post transplantation. People who have had organ transplants are vulnerable to infections because these patients have to take drugs to suppress their immune system.

Wisdom teeth or third molars are also extracted very often.

Preparation

You will be asked about your past medical health and about your dental history as well. An X-ray will be taken by the dentist of the affected area in order to plan the best method of tooth removal.

Some of the healthcare professionals might prescribe antibiotics that are to be taken pre and post surgery. This practice usually varies as per the dentist or the oral surgeon you are consulting.

If you are prepared for a conscious sedation or a deeper anesthesia, wear short sleeved clothes or sleeveless ones that can easily be rolled up. This allows an easy access to the intravenous (IV) line that needs to be placed in your vein.

You will also be told that you must not eat or even drink anything for at least 6 to 8 hours before the surgery. You should also make sure to have someone by your side, who will drive you back home after the surgical procedure.

How it is done?

Extractions are of two types:

A simple method of extraction can be performed on a tooth and can be seen in your mouth. General dentists prefer to do simple extractions. Most of these cases are done with the help of a local anesthetic injection, with or without any anti-anxiety drug. In case of a simple extraction, a dentist will clutch the damaged tooth with a pair of forceps and will loosen it by moving the pair of forceps backward and forward. After this, the tooth will be pulled out. In some cases, the dentist might also use a dental ‘elevator’ to slacken the tooth. An elevator is a dental instrument that actually fits between the tooth and gum.

Surgical extraction is needed in case if the teeth cannot be easily seen. These teeth might either not have come up yet or might have broken off in such a way that half of the teeth still remains in the gum line. In order to see and to remove such a tooth, the dentist or the oral surgeon will have to cut and then pull the gums back. The gun “flap”, when pulled back, allows access to extract the bone and /or the piece of tooth that remained inside.

Surgical extraction procedures are usually done by the oral surgeons. These procedures are conducted under local anesthesia (given as injections) and you may also opt for conscious sedation. Patients with medical complications and children are given general anesthesia. In case of a surgical extraction, the dentist must make an incision in the gum in order to locate the tooth. In critical cases, the tooth will be cut into pieces and then removed.

If you are getting a tooth extraction and you are to receive a conscious sedation, you might also be given steroids in the IV line to help in lessening the swelling caused after the surgery.

If you need to remove all of the four wisdom teeth, you have to get it done at the same time. The topmost teeth can be easily removed, but the lower ones might prove to be difficult.

Follow-up

Simple extractions are usually not followed by any other discomfort. You can take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like Ibuprofen (Advil, Morton and some more brands) for a couple of days. You might not need to take any pain relief medicines at all.

As surgical extractions are very complicated, they cause severe pain post surgery. The after effect of such a procedure results in discomfort and the duration of teat stage depends on the intensity of the extraction procedure. Your dentist will definitely prescribe pain relief medicines for a couple of days, followed by NSAID. After a couple of days, the pain will be gone.

Incise within the mouth usually bleeds more than any incise on the surface of the skin because the one in the mouth doesn’t get the chance to dry out and results in the formation of a scab. After your extraction, you will have to bite a piece of gauze for as along as 30 minutes in order to put pressure on the wound and allow the clotting of blood. It might still bleed for another 24 hours and then taper off. Do not remove the cloth that covers the wound.

You can use ice packs on the face to lessen swelling post surgery. The bleeding and swelling stops after one or two days of surgery. Initial healing will take about 2 weeks time.

After surgery, you should not spit, use straw or smoke. Such actions can stimulate the blood clot and it might pull out of the socket where the tooth lay. That would cause more bleeding and could even lead to dryness of the socket, which happens to about 3 to 4 percent of the extraction cases. Dry socket happens almost 20 to 30 percent of the times when an impacted tooth is removed. It happens mostly with smokers and with women taking contraceptive pills. It is mostly expected in case of difficult extractions.

Risks

Infections can highly set in after the process of extraction but, if you have a healthy immune system, you might not get infected.

A very common complication is observed after an extraction called dry socket. It occurs when a there’s no blot clot formation in the hole or the clot breaks down too early.

Incase of a dry socket, the bone that lies under the wound is exposed to food and air. This is very painful and can also cause bad breath and taste. Such cases need immediate treatment and medicated dressing in order to prevent the pain and encourage quick healing.

Other possible problems include:

Accidental cause in which the teeth close to the site of surgery is effected, a fracture etc.

Incomplete extraction, where a part of the tooth still remains inside the jaw. A dentist removes the root so as to prevent it from any infection, but sometime it is not that risky to leave small tip of the root inside.

Fractured jaw, which is caused due to pressure exerted on your jaw during the process of extraction. Elderly people suffering from osteoporosis are most likely to be effected by this.

A hole occurring in your sinus while removing the molar (upper back tooth). A tiny hole that closes up on its own after a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t, another surgery might be needed.

Sore in the jaw joints or muscles. You might not be able to open your mouth wide.This happens due to the injections.

Ongoing numbness caused in the chin and lower lips. Any trauma or injury of the inferior alveolar nerve can be the cause of numbness. This happens during the removal of lower wisdom teeth. It takes about 3 to 6 months for this wound to heal completely. In some rare cases, the numbness might be permanent.



Source by Sanjana Antony

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Repairing Your Teeth – The Dental Implant

Five years ago I was faced with the daunting task of finding a Beverly Hills dentist near where I lived to figure out how much money my teeth would cost me to repair after about ten to fifteen years of neglect. I had been a smoker, and didn’t floss. I had helped my own Mother spend about 10k on her mouth about five years before she died – and I decided that if I accomplish this task some twenty five years earlier – in my fifties – I would have at least that much longer to enjoy the results of the money I will have spent on my dental restoration.

Around this same time I received a marketing call from a Los Angeles dentist who promised free teeth bleaching and whitening if I came in for a consultation. A perfect solution, as I knew that having quit smoking, this might just be the trick to make my teeth look better and keep cigarettes out of my mouth in the future. I took the plunge and went in to one of the offices owned by Los Angeles-based Dr. Bijan Afar, an oral surgeon. I also looked him up on the Internet using the words, “cosmetic dentist los angeles.”

My teeth required deep cleaning which could only be done one half of the mouth at a time, and would also require irrigation with antibiotics afterwards to help my gums heal. I learned that I would require an implant to replace a decaying baby tooth, which had never come out. Several molars would require crowns, as would my three front teeth. I had dental crowns on my two front teeth since an accident in high school, and since dental veneers were new back then, I had one put over a crack in an eye tooth in my late twenties. And thanks to years of chewing, my chompers were not as straight as in my youth.

The first step in my treatment plan was to put crowns on three of my molars. Sometimes referred to as caps, this procedure covers teeth that have been severely damaged, decayed, chipped, discolored or misaligned. The procedure required two visits per crown.

Just about as I was ready to have the front teeth done, I got a tooth infection in that baby molar and it had to go. Prior to the tooth being pulled, Dr. Afar gave me antibiotics, and the extraction went smoothly. He packed my tooth and sent me home with a prescription for pain killer to soothe the pain that night, as well as his cell phone number in case I needed to talk to him.

An expert in dental implants in Los Angeles, Dr. Afar then planted the post deep into my jaw bone, first grafting some synthetic bone powder onto the bone to build up lacking bone tissue. This would eventually serve as the foundation for the screw in implant tooth. Healing time? Three months. Depending on the patient, dental implants can take anywhere from several months to a year or more.

As an oral surgeon, Dr. Afar carefully explained the procedure. The height and width of your jawbones are measured to make sure there’s enough bone to hold the implant. Next the gums are examined for signs of periodontal gum disease, and in cases where this is present they must be treated first before implants can be placed. Gums are also checked to make sure there’s enough firm tissue to surround the implant. Imaging tests are also part of the dental evaluation, making it possible to learn more abut the quantity and quality of bone in the mouth, and to view parts of the mouth and head that cannot be seen during an examination.

Dr Afar explained possible risks and complications including a bleeding gum, infection, and failure of the implant where the jawbone doesn’t fuse to the implant, and possible injury to the adjacent teeth or sinus, nerves or muscles. He explained the importance of good hygiene during the entire implant process.

The next step was to fit what’s called the prosthesis, or the new tooth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you may have a single, partial or complete prosthesis. I just needed a single, while a partial is used as an alternative to a bridge. There is also a complete denture prosthesis, used as an alternative to a traditional complete denture – and these come as either removable or fixed complete prosthesis.

Next Dr. Afar placed the healing abutment, one of two kinds that are used. Healing abutments also known as healing cuffs, help the gum tissue from the removed tooth heal around the implant site. Once the gum has healed, the final abutment is placed so that the prosthesis can be joined with the implant. It took about 4 to 6 weeks for the gums to heal around the abutments.

Once the gums have healed around the abutments, Dr Afar began making the custom prosthesis, requiring several office visits. When ready, he fit my fixed prosthesis, made adjustments, and told me not to eat crunchy or hard foods for several weeks.

Today I am very happy with the comfort of the new teeth in my mouth including the crowns and my dental implant. I have since had my front upper eye tooth crowned, and my teeth whitened. I now have a full set of beautiful whiter teeth. The only thing remaining is the crowns of my two front teeth – which I hope to have by Christmas of this year.



Source by Kristin DeAnn Gabriel

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Dental Implants – The Procedure and Healing Time

Dental implants are becoming increasingly common in cosmetic dentistry. Not only used simply for improving appearances, but also for strengthening the function of a person’s teeth, this is a procedure that is likely to continue to grow and may well, in future years, become affordable enough to be used in everyday dentistry as standard practise for the replacement of lost teeth.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

This is perhaps the most commonly asked question about implants, and perhaps unsurprisingly so; few of us would relish the idea of a hole being drilled into our jawbone, into which the implants are fitted. However, gruesome as this may sound, the reality is entirely different. Provided that no prior surgery is necessary, such as where a bone graft would be needed, the procedure is relatively straight forward and is done using a local anaesthetic which ensures that the procedure is pain free. In fact, it may come as a surprise to some that the jaw bone itself actually has relatively few nerves in it which means that it is not that susceptible to pain. The procedure is carried out with care and precision and can last anywhere from half an hour to several hours depending on the number of dental implants and if there are any specific complexities involved.

How Long Does The Healing Process Take?

Whilst the procedure itself only takes up to a few hours, it takes several months for the implant to fully heal and integrate itself with the bone. This can take between three and six months, depending on the patient. It is during this period that the bone in the jaw will grow around and attach itself to the titanium screw which will hold the replacement tooth. This period of time ensures a strong and stable base. Depending on your cosmetic dentist and your own circumstances, you may be given a temporary denture which will also help to protect the implant.

Once this period of time has passed, the implant should be firmly held in place and able to accept the replacement tooth, usually in the form of a crown, which will be fitted to the implant.

Once this has been fitted, you may need to allow a short period to become used to the feel of your new dental implant and it is probably advisable to eat soft foods for a while in order to adjust. Providing that you brush and floss your teeth well, there is no reason to expect that your new dental implant will not last for at least twenty years or so.



Source by Charlie Ulyatt

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Dental Health Insurance

Dental costs are becoming an increasingly significant health care expense and more and more people are making sure they are protected against these costs with a dental insurance policy. Dental insurance policies typically work in the same way as any other medical insurance policy. You will pay your monthly premium and this will entitle you to specific dental care procedures such as checkups, cleaning and x-rays. You will also be covered for other procedures that are deemed necessary to keep your teeth and gums in good health.

Comprehensive

As with all insurance policies, they will vary in what treatments they cover and how much they cost. While more expensive policies will give you greater benefits and allow you access to a greater range of services, cheaper ones will be restricted in what they cover and you will be required to contribute to the cost of procedures you require. If you think you will need dental surgery, oral implants, the services of an orthodontist and other more expensive forms of treatment, you will probably want to go for a more comprehensive policy.

One of the main differences between medical and dental health care is that children generally require far more treatment and expense than adults do. This is true right up through your child’s teen years when orthodontists’ bills can often be extremely expensive. You may therefore wish to cover only your children with dental insurance and you should check with your insurer to see if this is possible. While some insurance companies will allow children to have their own dental insurance policies, others will only insure them as part of an adult or family plan and if this is the case you will require to insure them with your own dental insurance provider and this may mean taking out dental insurance for yourself if you do not already have it.

Discounts

Another option offered by some insurance companies is to take a form of dental discount card. This is not dental insurance in the strict sense of the meaning but does provide you with discounts on dental treatment when you require using them. They can be a cheaper way of obtaining limited protection against dental costs and for this reason are growing in popularity. Not all insurers will provide them so shop around and see what’s on offer. As with all insurance, there can be great differences is what you will be offered for your money and considering that dental insurance can be a significant expense, it is wise to make sure you know what is available before you decide to opt for any policy.



Source by Joseph Kenny

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Dental Health – This is Why Dental Health is So Important

Your dental health is an incredibly important part of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy for the long term. Without proper oral care, your teeth can easily fall into any one of a number of serious conditions, such as tooth loss, gingivitis, tooth decay or even worse. Because your mouth comes into contact with many types of bacteria, it can become a breeding ground for all types of germs. Yet, by focusing on taking the proper care of your teeth you can avoid many of these health risks.

Your dental health is important for several reasons. For example, if bacteria are allowed to pile up on your teeth in the form of plaque, this plaque will eat away at the tooth, causing pain and bleeding. Even worse, the infection can get into your jaw bone and spread to other teeth. While you may be able to remove that tooth, if you do not take action, the infection can spread throughout the body leaving you with a near fatal condition. Gum disease is another likely problem for those that do not care for their teeth. Ultimately, all of these situations can leave you with pain, bleeding and infection.

By working with your dentist and taking proper care of your mouth and teeth, you can avoid many of these horrible situations. You may even be able to improve the quality of your teeth back to near normal. It is never too late to start working on your hygiene for your teeth. It will help protect you and save you a lot of money and grief in the long term. Many conditions can be repaired over time and through consistent care. Find out where your dental health is at and see if you can improve on it!



Source by Joe Stewart

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Dental Hygienist: One of the Hottest Job Opportunities

If you have considered changing your career to “dental hygienist” now would be a good time to do it. The United States Department of Labor reports that this job is one of the fastest growing jobs and will continue to be that way for the next ten years. Dental hygienist is a relatively good paying job, with flexible hours and schedules which is good for working moms and it is in a respected field. You will need to have some additional schooling, but the payoff may be well worth it in the end. Here are some questions and answers to help you decide if being a dental hygienist the career for you:

What additional schooling will I need to be a dental hygienist? You will need to have a high school diploma and at least an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. You can take these courses through a trade school or at a community college. Some trade schools require that you have at least a year of college first. You will take classes such as biology, anatomy and chemistry. When you have your degree, you will take a written and a clinical exam to get your license as a dental hygienist.

What will I do as a dental hygienist? You will clean patient’s teeth and remove stains from them. You will teach patients about proper dental care and hygiene. You will take x-rays and in some states you will even give patients anesthesia as a dental hygienist. You will also take notes on the patient’s oral health to give to the dentist.

What does a hygienist get paid? It all depends on experience, schooling and where you work. But, the average is around $29 an hour. Hygienists who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and work as a teacher or clinician can make up to $40 an hour.

Can I choose to work part time? Yes. In fact, many dentists have hygienists who work for 2 or 3 days a week in their office. Some hygienists work in more than one office so that they can work full time.

Will I get benefits? Most hygienists who work in private practice offices get paid vacation. They also get paid dental coverage.

The job outlook is good because people have healthier teeth which requires them to get more preventative care which a hygienist provides.



Source by Eriani Doyel

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Dental Implants – The Good and The Bad

Dental implants are generally used to replace missing teeth. This can be one tooth, a couple of teeth or the complete mouthful of teeth. However, for each of those it is a slightly different procedure. The basis for each is the same. What are dental implants? Good question.

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. You can use a bridge, a partial denture, or you can use a more permanent solution called a dental tooth implant. As the name suggests, something is implanted. However, it is not a tooth that is implanted, it is a metal rod. This rod is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implantation has healed, a tooth is attached to the steel implant.

That’s fine for one tooth. When a couple of teeth need replacing, it is quite common to have one more dental implants with the space between filled using a bridge. A bridge, as the name suggests, bridges a gap. This is a permanent fixture. Dental implants are placed into the jaw followed by tooth attachments. A bridge is then glued across the gap The third method used utilizes two different procedures. When replacing all the teeth in the mouth, you can either opt for a series of implants and bridges, or you can opt for approximately six implants with a denture then attached to those implants.

A dental tooth implant is a surgical procedure that is carried out by a periodontists. Because a steel rod is being inserted into your jaw bone, to be a candidate you must have a good bone structure and disease free gums. As you lose your teeth your jaw bone is slowly reabsorbed into the body. One of the benefits of dental tooth implants is the stability that it brings to jaw bones. It is also important to keep your mouth germ free after surgery – any surgery involving bones is always going to be a risk when it comes to bacteria.

Dental teeth implants are not pain free as some people suggest. The slightest bacteria in the mouth can lead to problems with the jaw and the implant. This can be painful for a short period but with regular and thorough dental hygiene can avoided. Once you have been through the procedures and come out unscathed you will find that having a dental implant was not that big an issue after all. What you will notice is that dental teeth implants are much more comfortable than dentures, even partial dentures.

Whilst dental teeth implants are expensive, they actually work out less expensive over time. Dentures need to be replaced, relined or repaired on a regular basis. This ongoing cost will exceed the cost of dental implant, more so the younger you are. If you have choice, and you can afford the upfront payment, go for the dental implant. If you lose bone over time, the option may not be available in later life.



Source by Les Scammell

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Invisalign Cleaning Methods – A Guide

Invisalign braces arrive from the factory sealed and sparkling. This guide is designed to explain to you how to keep your braces fresh and new looking and avoid discolouration and unpleasant odours.

Cleaning Before First Wear

Invisalign arrive from the factory in small, sealed, individual packets. Whilst they have undergone an extensive cleaning and sterilisation process they do sometimes have a chalky residue. Whilst this is harmless some people have reported an allergic reaction to this residue so it is always best to give your Invisalign braces a thorough wash before inserting them for the first time.

Cleaning Invisalign Between Meals

On removing your aligners to eat, the first thing that you should do is either give them a thorough rinse under running water, or place them in a glass of water whilst you eat. This helps to prevent a white coating developing on the plastic and also avoids them having an unpleasant odour when you come to reinsert them.

After eating, remove the trays from their case or glass of water and give them a quick brush with a soft toothbrush. This will help to remove any residue that is left from their last wear. If this isn’t possible another rinse under running water will be sufficient to keep them fresh until further brushing can be done.

More Extensive Cleaning Options

In order to keep Invisalign aligners fresh a more extensive cleaning is required once a day.

Firstly, aligners should be placed under running water and a soft toothbrush should be used to gently clean each of the individual tooth segments. Care should be taken to remove any white residue that could eventually result in nasty odours. It is very important not to use toothpaste as this can cause tiny scratches on the surface of the aligner. Not only could these scratches look unsightly they can also provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

Aligners should always be rinsed in cold water; warm water can warp the plastic of the aligner.

Once a day aligners can be placed into a sterilising solution. Some dentists recommend a bleach and water solution (consult your dentist for appropriate proportions before trying this); however denture cleaning tablets can also be used in a denture bath. Invisalign advise against the use of denture tablets, however many patients use them successfully throughout their treatment.

Invisalign Cases

When you receive your Invisalign you should be provided with a red and a blue case to store them in. Whilst these cases are very useful they can also become very dirty quite quickly. Often they look quite clean to the naked eye but develop a strong odour due to aligners being placed in them that have not had all of the saliva removed from them. For this reason it is important to clean your invisalign cases as well as you aligners. You can do this in a similar way to the way that you clean your braces. A rub with a soft toothbrush and even a squirt of dishwashing detergent will help to keep them clean.

If you use other implements such as outie tools to remove your aligners from your teeth you should also keep them scrupulously clean by washing them regularly. Similarly always wash your hands before inserting and removing aligners and use an alcohol gel where handwashing isn’t possible.



Source by Rebecca J Thomas