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If you’re getting orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, you may be wondering what to do if your trays aren’t “tracking.” This means that your aligners are not aligned to your teeth, and may not be correcting your smile properly.
One of the most common signs of this is a visible gap between your aligners and your teeth. When they’re tracking properly, your aligners should be nearly invisible, and they should fit perfectly onto your teeth. But what should you do if your aligners aren’t tracking? Here are a few suggestions from Clermont Family Dentistry.
If you are noticing gaps between your teeth and your aligners, it may be that they’re just not properly seated in your mouth. This is common when switching to a new set of aligners. When you switch to a new set of aligners, it’s going to be a tight fit.
One of the best ways to get your aligners to seat properly on your teeth is to use “chewies.” These look sort of like a cotton roll, and are made of a durable foam-like material. When you put a set of aligners into your mouth, you chew on them to put pressure on the aligners, and get them into the proper position on your teeth.
Improper aligner wear is the most common cause of tracking issues. If you’re not wearing your aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day, your treatment will fall behind. Make sure that you’re diligent about wearing your aligners.
Ideally, you should take them out only when you eat and drink, and to brush and floss. The longer you wear your aligners each day, the faster your treatment will progress. You’ll also be less likely to experience tracking issues.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to switch to your last set of aligners to give your teeth more time to reach their intended position. If you have a few teeth that are moving slowly, this could give them enough time to move into the appropriate position. Then, you can proceed with your treatment normally.
However, you should not do this without consulting your dentist. Failing to consult your dentist could lead to treatment complications and delays.
Every patient is different. Dentists like Dr. Mundi Buechele do their best to create a treatment plan that will work for your mouth, but sometimes a revision is needed. If you’ve got a few teeth that aren’t moving properly or your treatment is way off schedule due to issues with consistent aligner wear, this may be necessary.
Your dentist will examine your mouth, note the current position of your teeth, then create a revised plan to ensure you reach your smile goals. You may need to have some new aligners manufactured, so this can result in some delays. However, your clear aligner treatment plan will be back on track within a few weeks.
At Clermont Family Dentistry, Dr. Mundi Buechele is here to help you get the expert care you need in Clermont. If you’re interested in straightening your smile without braces, clear aligners may be right for you. Contact us online or give us a call at (352) 242-1763 to schedule an orthodontic consultation, and take the first steps toward the smile of your dreams.