Caring for Invisalign aligners
Wearing and using you aligners
Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling aligners. We recommend when it is time for your next aligner, that you place new aligners at night before bed. This helps to alleviate the initial discomfort you may experience. Make sure you have the proper aligner for the upper or the lower teeth. You may insert either one first. Gently push the aligner into place DO NOT BITE your aligners into position, this may damage them. If you experience sharp pain or significant discomfort, discontinue use and call us immediately.
To remove your aligners, use your fingers, starting on one side at the molars (back teeth) and slowly work your way around to the other side lifting gently. However, you should use the chewies at every insertion, especially in the first few days of fitting a new aligner. DO NOT use any sharp object to remove the aligners. After removal, rinse immediately with water, shake off excess and store your aligners in the protective case provided to you.
NOTE: Use care in removing your aligners, particularly if multiple attachments are being used. Do not use excessive force to bend or twist an aligner to get it off. Call us if your aligners are difficult to remove.
Daily care and maintenance of aligners
Always clean your aligners prior to insertion with a soft toothbrush and water. The use of toothpaste may make the aligner cloudy. Rinse thoroughly with water. DO NOT use denture cleaners or soak them in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the aligner, causing it to become dull and more visible.
Proper oral hygiene is a must. Always remove your aligners for eating or drinking except for drinking water (only). Brush your teeth after each meal or snack prior to re- inserting your aligners. Flossing regularly is recommended.
Storing your aligners
ALWAYS store your aligners in the cases when not in your mouth, as this will help protect them from damage or loss. Designate the blue case for your current aligner. When it is time to switch up to the next aligner, transfer the aligner you are replacing to the red case. Please keep past aligners in a clean plastic bag.
If your current aligner is lost or broken, call us for instructions. You may be instructed to return to the previous aligner until a new one can be made.