What to Pay Attention to When Wearing Your Dental Splints
Hey there! Surely you remember what we already told you about the transparent tooth tracks! - No? Then let's give you another update so that you really don't do anything wrong!
What are dental splints?
Unlike braces that are fixed to your teeth and are often recommended by orthodontists, splints are removable. This means that you can simply place them on your teeth and remove them at any time. The difference to loose braces is that braces, whether loose or fixed, are almost always made of a wire frame, while the teeth are made of a special material.
What are dental splints used for?
There are several reasons why people wear removable splints. On the one hand out of a causality, on the other hand also because of the hoped-for effect. This means that a distinction must also be made here between the cause, which first leads to the wish or recommendation to wear, and the desired result of wearing.
As far as the causes are concerned, there is, for example, the problem for some people that they grind their teeth unnoticed during sleep at night. Teeth grinding usually manifests itself in such a way that the teeth are pressed together with a disproportionately high pressure, i.e. about four times as high as normal, and then moved from side to side in this status. This usually results in severe pain in the jaws and teeth, which in heavier cases can even spread to the neck, back and hip muscles. In addition, the teeth themselves usually suffer severe damage over a longer period of time, as their surface structure is abraded by the grinding. This is far from healthy.
Another cause is misalignment of the teeth. Colloquially we also speak of crooked teeth. In this context it is meant that the teeth do not stand in their symmetrical, straight position originally intended by evolution, but have shifted to left and right. The danger here is that the teeth no longer mesh with each other and don't meet straight. Thus, over a long period of time, gradually, severe damage to the teeth occurs.
In most cases, the desired result of wearing dental splints is that the teeth return to normal positions and the teeth become straight again. As far as nocturnal tooth grinding is concerned, many people hope that the jaw muscles will relax over time, but psychological factors such as everyday stress can also be responsible for the grinding and the splints only prevent further damage.
What do I have to pay attention to when wearing them?
Our transparent dental splints are made exactly according to the model of your teeth. For this purpose, we will send you an impression set by post, which you can then use to send us an exact replica of your dentition - an impression. Based on this, we use a 3D laser to create a series of differently shaped teeth tracks, each a little more straight than the previous one. You wear each of these splints for 21 hours a day over a period of about two weeks, so that your teeth have enough time to get used to their new position. Once you have worn the last splint, your malpositioned teeth should be repaired and your teeth should be back in a perfectly straight position. If this is not the case, you will of course get additional splints, which should lead to this result in the shortest possible time.
Once your malpositioned teeth have been repaired once and for all, that wasn't quite it. Following the treatment with the so-called Aligner splints, you will also receive a few Retainer splints, which are simply intended to ensure that your teeth do not slide back into their incorrect positions even after successful treatment.
What you have to watch out for in any case is the removal of the splints before eating and when brushing your teeth. The latter is logical, because otherwise you would only brush the splint and not your teeth underneath. It is therefore important to take it out before eating and only put it back in again after brushing your teeth, so that no food remains get lost between the teeth and the splint and could possibly cause damage there, such as tooth decay or gingivitis.
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