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Smilers® treatment how and for whom?
A number of patients have had orthodontic treatment with braces in the past, often during their teenage years. Smilers® clear aligners can usually correct the movements that can occur after braces have been removed (called relapse) or a failed initial orthodontic treatment. Your practitioner can help you define the right orthodontic treatment for you, and the retainer needed following your treatment to preserve the results over time.
Thanks to their experience and the special training course provided, the Smilers® practitioner can use invisible dental aligners to straighten the teeth of most patients provided they have their permanent teeth, i.e. all of their second molars. For adolescent patients, contact a Smilers® practitioner to find out if the invisible aligner treatment is suitable for them. This person will be a dentist or orthodontist who will confirm that they are eligible for the Smilers® orthodontic treatment.
Although Smilers® Invisible Aligners can be used by all dental practitioners, they require special training. All orthodontists and dentists seeking to treat their patients with the Smilers® clear aligners must participate in a course. Several thousand dentists and orthodontists around the world have already been trained to provide invisible orthodontic treatment with Smilers®… and this is just the start.
Only the practitioner, with the help of the Smilers® teams carrying out your orthodontic treatment plan, can give you an idea of how long it will last. The duration of your Smilers® dental treatment varies according to the diagnosis of your smile and how closely you respect the instructions on how to wear the aligners.
In general, a Smilers® orthodontic treatment will last between 6 and 24 months.*
Clinical studies have shown that photobiostimulation sessions can help to reduce the orthodontic treatment time.
Depending on the estimate made by your practitioner, a second phase may be needed to attain the dental alignment that you want.
*Smilers® internal sources
Al-Dboush, Ra’ed, Anahita Naseri Esfahani, and Tarek El-Bialy. “Impact of photobiomodulation and low-intensity pulsed ultrasound adjunctive interventions on orthodontic treatment times during clear aligner therapy: The Angle Orthodontist 91, no. 5 (September 2021): 619 25. – Caccianiga, G., C. Crestale, M. Cozzani, A. Piras, S. Mutinelli, A. Lo Giudice and G. Cordasco. “Low-Level Laser Therapy and Invisible Removal Aligners”. Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents 30, no. 2 Suppl 1 (June 2016): 107 13.
Daily life with Smilers® clear aligners
Most patients do not observe any effect on their speech. However, as with all conventional braces for adults and teenagers, an adjustment period is necessary during the first few days of wearing Smilers® invisible aligners.
Inserting the retainer:
- Make sure you have the correct retainer.
- Rinse the retainers with cold water and shake off any excess water.
- Insert your retainer while pressing it gently against your front teeth. Then apply an even pressure, using your fingertips, on the top of your left and right molars until the retainer is seated.
Removing the retainer:
- With your fingers, start on one side near your molars and work your way up the retainer on each side, while pulling gently on it.
- You can use special tear-off hooks for the retainers.
- Wash the retainer with water and a neutral toothbrush (i.e. one that has never come in contact with toothpaste) and household soap. Then store it in the protective case.
- Do not use excessive force to bend or twist the retainers.
You must preserve oral hygiene throughout your Smilers® orthodontic treatment. Smilers® clear aligners are removable, so that you can continue brushing your teeth as you normally would.
For cleaning your Smilers® dental aligners:
- Gently brush your aligner with a neutral toothbrush, i.e. one that has never come in contact with toothpaste, and Marseilles’s soap
- Rinse each retainer thoroughly with clean water after cleaning them. That’s all!
When Smilers® transparent aligners are used in treatment, the forces applied are gentle and constant. Some people may experience temporary minor discomfort for a few days when using their new Smilers® invisible retainers, at the start of each new step of orthodontic treatment. Patients generally describe a feeling of pressure which is quite normal. This indicates that the Smilers® orthodontic treatment is working properly and this feeling usually goes away after a few days. However, if the pain persists, contact your dentist or orthodontist.
Smoking with transparent aligners can alter their transparency and colour them.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day, and to remove them only for eating and drinking very hot drinks, and brush your teeth so as not to reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
You can drink tea or coffee with your Smilers® clear retainers. Only remove your Smilers® clear retainers when drinking piping hot drinks as they can slightly deform your invisible dental aligners.
You must wear your Smilers® clear aligners at all times throughout the orthodontic treatment, except when eating, drinking piping hot drinks or brushing your teeth.
So you must remove your Smilers® invisible aligners during your meals, rinse them and put them in their box. Once removed… you can eat whatever you want!
Contact your practitioner to check that the Smilers® orthodontic treatment is going as planned. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you all the details regarding the course of the treatment and the visits.
If the treatment is accelerated with photobiostimulation, the visits may be organised on a more frequent basis.
How to deal with the unexpected
If you lose, crack or break your Smilers® clear retainer, notify your dental practitioner immediately. They will work with you to follow up on your orthodontic treatment plan, which may involve wearing an old set of aligners, yournext set of aligners or ordering a replacement set of Smilers® clear aligners.
If you are going on holiday, tell your practitioner so that they can maintain the continuity of your treatment plan.
If you lose an attachment, immediately inform your dental practitioner. They will work with you to follow up on your orthodontic treatment plan. This will include offering you a quick appointment to replace the attachment.