“Hey Doc, I think I’ll go with clear aligners because I really miss that stale retainer smell!” Said no patient ever….As a husband, father, former clear aligner patient, and caring clinician I’ve learned a lot over the years about people’s breath. Here are a few things in particular:
One, morning breath stinks, no matter who you are. Two, there's about a four minute delay between reinserting aligners and feeling self-conscious about breath. And three, wearing plastic trays for 22 hours a day will give even the most diligent water drinker a real dry mouth, and that will lead to...you guessed it...more bad breath.
Now unfortunately, you won't fully eliminate bad breath and dry mouth from your smile journey. But there are things you can do to manage it. First, maintain a healthy saliva flow (as gross as that may sound). Saliva is our mouth's natural cleansing agent and is the number one way to keep breath fresh and teeth safe during treatment.
Second, keep that saliva flowing by drinking lots of water throughout the day, and when water isn't cutting it, try a product with at least 500mg of xylitol, a natural substance that stimulates salivary flow. Xylitol is also known to be beneficial for, and protective of, your teeth. Every one of our Movemints has 500mg per mint, and the patented grooves help your trays fit tightly and are useful for the crucial biting exercises that keep your treatment on track.
Third, keep your aligners clean. Don't eat or drink anything other than water with them in (and no, that straw doesn't make "cheating" any safer). Brush your teeth after every meal, and try a pump of EverSmile White Foam in each tray before you reinsert. This wonderful substance is the only wearable aligner cleaner that whitens and cleans your invisible braces and can be used up to four times a day.
Unfortunately, when we cover our teeth with clear aligners, we hinder our own body’s self cleansing mechanism, and we dry out our mouth. But if you follow these tips, you can mitigate your bad breath and dry mouth. So give your mouth and teeth the pampering they deserve by drinking lots of water, incorporating Movemints into your daily routine, and using EverSmile to keep those trays sparkly clean!