Wearing dental aligners for a short period of time is a small sacrifice to pay to have a great set of teeth afterward. For anyone who has even experienced aligners, here are 5 things they will surely understand.
1. Stay Away from Chewing Gum
Chewing gum when you have aligners or any kind of orthodontics appliance is the stuff of nightmares. The gum will get stuck in the materials, which are so difficult to take out. If you want a quick way to get a minty fresh breath, go for mouthwash instead.
2. Forget Spinach
Get your protein fix somewhere else because like chewing gum, little bits of the green stuff will get stuck in your aligners. Heavens forbid if you’re on a date and you settle for a kale or spinach salad because you’re trying to be cute. Good luck in getting that second date. And while you’re at it, don’t order anything with pesto either.
3. Fear of Kissing
The fear is not just from you, oftentimes, people think twice about getting intimate with you because, well, kissing must really hurt with all that trays on.
4. A pocket mirror is not for vanity; It’s a way of life
People who wear aligners and other dental appliances constantly need to check if they have anything stuck in their teeth, especially after eating. And the best, most discreet way of doing this is a small, pocket mirror.
5. Feeling goofy when you smile
As if the funny jokes are not enough, you always feel a bit goofy whenever you smile and see your braces on. Class picture days are often stressful because you need to practice your smile at home so you won’t accidentally blind the photographer with your dazzling mouth.
This Too Shall Pass
But just like any dental treatment, having aligners doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them forever. You also won’t forget the day the dentist finally removes them and you’re shell-shocked to see the actual size of your teeth and how amazingly straight they are now. And just like that, you can’t stop smiling and feel goofy about it.