Aligners bring the joy of straight teeth to many, but they come with an unfortunate side effect. If you have aligners, bad breath caused by dry mouth can be difficult to deal with and unpleasant to those around you. Fortunately, EverSmile offers easy solutions to this problem.
Do Aligners Cause Bad Breath?
Not exactly. It isn't the aligner itself that smells, but the dry mouth effect that comes with it. Dry mouth occurs when you don't have enough saliva being produced. An aligner is a foreign object in your mouth and may cause decreased saliva production. It also blocks off your teeth from the effects of the saliva, which usually works to neutralize acids from plaque and wash away any dead cells that accumulate. If there's less saliva to take care of these dead cells, they can start to decompose, causing bad breath in the process.
How to Avoid Dry Mouth With Aligners
Fortunately, you can usually avoid dry mouth with a few steps:
- Drink lots of water. Drinking water can help improve the flow of saliva and wash away those dead cells and bacteria.
- Clean your aligners regularly. Don't let your aligners gather food particles by eating or drinking anything besides water when you have them on. Rinse them out if they get dirty, and try to brush your teeth whenever you reinsert the trays. You should also use a special cleaner, like EverSmile's AlignerFresh to reduce bacteria buildup when you’re on the go.
- Floss after each meal. Flossing becomes more important if you're wearing aligners since any food particles still in your teeth become trapped in the plastic and become breeding grounds for bacteria. Make sure you remove any particles by flossing before putting your aligners back on.
- Consider a new toothpaste. Some toothpaste is specially formulated to address bad breath. It may help to counteract some of the problems.
How to Stop Bad Breath with Aligners
Cleaning your aligners regularly is vital to keep them from causing bad breath. But you have to be sure you're doing it right. Rinse the aligners after eating, but don't use hot water, which can warp the plastic. You can also use various additives like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. But the best approach is to use a dedicated cleaner like AlignerFresh.
AlignerFresh is a hydrogen peroxide-based solution that kills 99.999% of common oral bacteria within 60 seconds of exposure in laboratory testing. It is easy to use and perfect for on-the-go care. Another bonus? The hydrogen peroxide helps whiten your teeth. People have been using hydrogen peroxide for over a century, providing safe and effective whitening and cleaning results.
Bad breath is an unpleasant side effect of some forms of teeth straightening, but with a little TLC, you can minimize bad breath when your aligners cause dry mouth. EverSmile AlignerFresh can help you keep your aligners clean and reduce bacteria buildup. You can purchase AlignerFresh online. or locate a retailer today to try it out for yourself.