Invisalign 101

Aligners don’t work if you don’t wear them

Wearing aligners well is the secret ingredient to success. Aligners must be worn for at least 22hrs a day. It is critical to wear aligners at work, school, and during all social activities. Aligners should only be removed for eating, brushing and flossing your teeth. Change them once a week unless otherwise directed by the doctor.

Appointments

It’s Very critical that you show up to every recheck appointment. The Doctors spend a lot of time creating the ideal sequence of movements to precisely align your teeth and needs to carefully monitor the tracking of your teeth within the aligners throughout the entire set. They routinely make adjustments to the aligners to keep the movements on track.

Brush your teeth 3 times a day

Ideally, brush your teeth three (3) times a day after you eat. If you can’t brush after a meal, at least rinse with water vigorously and then replace your aligners. Remember to also brush or rinse your aligners nightly to remove any debris that accumulated during the day. Dental cleanings are still recommended and can be done during treatment.

Eating/Drinking

Normally you do not want to eat/drink with aligners in so food/drink doesn’t get trapped within the aligners for long periods of time against your teeth. An occasional light snack or drink is okay to have with aligners in as long as you rinse with water afterwards. Drinking coffee with aligners in is okay, but best with a straw.

Achiness

There may be a dull, achy sensation after placing your aligners on initially, as well as after each new set, but usually is very minimal due to such slight, incremental movement. You can take Motrin or Tylenol, or whatever you normally take for a headache or muscle aches to relieve this discomfort. We recommend changing aligners before bedtime to improve comfort.

Breakage/Loss

If you break or lose an aligner, please cal the office. We will most likely have you move forward to the next aligner.

Refinements

The Doctors at Orthodontic Partners are very particular about having the best finish possible. Although the teeth may look good after the first set of aligners, time has been allowed for a follow-up (refinement) scan where a finishing set of aligners will provide the finishing touches to make your smile and bite as perfect as possible. This final set is usually a smaller number of trays with less attachments.

Attachments

The clear bumps on some of your teeth are necessary for the aligners to fit more tightly for more complicated movements. If one comes off, please notify our office, but usually isn’t something urgent.

Elastics

Rubberbands are sometimes worn with your aligners to help accompany certain movements. Use as directed from your technician. They do take some time to figure out the best way to put them on, but don’t get frustrated as it usually takes most people a few days to get the hang of them. Some people prefer to put them on outside the mouth and insert the trays and elastics as one unit.

Chewies

Chewies are rubberized bite sticks that help seat the aligners and are best used on areas that need the most movement. Bite and hold for 5 seconds intercals for a few minutes each day in those areas or as instructed.