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“Aligners have shortcomings, but using the right aligner foam helps”

AEEDC visitors can learn more about the Curaprox product range at Booth CC21. (Image: Dental Tribune International)

Wed. 7 February 2024

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The advent of clear aligners, digital scanners, 3D printing and artificial intelligence is transforming orthodontics. These technologies offer patients a contemporary solution for achieving a straighter smile conveniently and effectively. Clear aligners are a particularly popular choice, but according to dentist Dr Ana Bokuchava, who is the international marketing manager at Curaden, it is important to compensate for their side effects using the right foam.

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Dr Ana Bokuchava is an experienced professional in the dental industry. (Image: Curaden)

What are the common concerns associated with clear aligners in terms of oral health?
Clear aligners, while revolutionary, present some challenges to oral health. Common concerns include dry mouth, halitosis, oral dysbiosis, increased biofilm accumulation, white spot lesions and initial inflammation and hypersensitivity.

Aligners are recognised as foreign objects by the body. As such, they trigger a natural defence mechanism, thereby reducing saliva production. The resulting decrease in salivary flow elevates the risk of acid-producing bacteria, which compromises enamel remineralisation and fosters bacterial growth.

The intentionally tight fit of aligners leads to reduced saliva contact too. This inhibits the natural protective functions of saliva, such as neutralising acids and remineralising enamel. This environment may also create conditions conducive to bacterial colonisation.

What role does the Curaprox Aligner Foam play in addressing the challenges posed by clear aligners?
Aligners have shortcomings, but using the right aligner foam helps. It is recommended to check out the ingredients of aligner foams to make sure your patients get the maximum benefit. It is also in the interest of your patients to make sure that the foam is not abrasive and does not contain ingredients that can irritate the gingivae, like sodium lauryl sulphate. The Curaprox Aligner Foam’s key ingredients include hydroxyapatite, hyaluronic acid, magnolol, an antibacterial combination of Citrox, cyclodextrin and polylysine, and an enzymatic system.

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The new Curaprox Aligner Foam can be used on orthodontic appliances like plastic aligners, retainers and mouth guards. (Image: Curaden)

Combined, these ingredients naturally protect and remineralise the teeth while stimulating the salivary flow. They fight plaque, keep the gingivae healthy and tackle bad breath.

The versatile Curaprox Aligner Foam stands as an essential choice for a confident, healthy smile. Ideal for daily care, it caters to various dental needs, ensuring protection and remineralisation. It is effective for post-bleaching procedures, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, enamel hypoplasia, and erosion.

Editorial note:

Since 1972, Swiss company Curaden has been dedicated to preventive and holistic oral health. The globally recognised Curaprox brand, known for premium, effective and gentle products, is used by millions of dentists worldwide. Curaden’s latest innovation, the Curaprox Aligner Foam, is on display at Booth CC21 at AEEDC Dubai 2024. More information about Curaprox can be found at curaprox.com.

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