Tips for Using and Caring For Your Aligners
Now that you have your Invisalign aligners, what do you do? By following our tips for proper use and care, your Invisalign treatment is sure to be a success. Dr. Ang and the team at Amherst Village Dental can answer any questions you may have about using your aligners and are here to help you every step of the way.
Wearing Your Aligners
It’s important to wear your aligners as much as possible since they only work while you’re wearing them. We recommend that you wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth, and, of course, for special occasions. This will deliver the best outcome for your treatment.
Since the aligners are designed to gradually move your teeth into alignment, it’s important to wear them in the order as prescribed. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks then replaced with the next set in your customized series.
Inserting and Removing Your Aligners
Never bite your aligner into place as this may damage them. To insert your aligner, gently push it over your front teeth. Then, using your fingers, apply equal pressure on the top of your right and left back teeth until it snaps into place.
To remove, use your fingers to apply equal pressure on the right and left side of your aligner to lift it off your rear molars and gently lift it off your front teeth.
Remember to remove your aligners every time you eat or drink anything other than plain water, and brush your teeth before replacing them.
Cleaning Your Aligners
It’s important to keep your aligners clean so your teeth stay healthy throughout your treatment. You should rinse your aligners before placing them back in your mouth any time you remove them.
For deeper cleaning, we recommend the Invisalign Cleaning System, which contains special cleaning crystals that removes plaque in about 15 minutes. This should be used once a day.
Alternatively, you can brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Then follow with a rinse of lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water to rinse your aligners because it can change the shape of the plastic.
Storing Your Aligners
When not in use, we recommend that you store your aligners in a plastic case to protect them from damage or to refrain from accidentally throwing them away.
Keep Up With Your Appointments
It’s important to keep all of your dental appointments to ensure the best outcome for your treatment. You’ll visit Dr. Ang for Invisalign appointments about every four to six weeks where he’ll check your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Your regular cleaning and checkup appointments are also important so that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your treatment.