OK, so we’ve taken impressions of your teeth, created a 3D image, and delivered your first series of custom-made clear aligners. Now, you may ask yourself: How do I take care of my Invisalign® aligners? Follow the simple steps below to be on your way to a priceless smile.
Daily Care and Maintenance of Your Invisalign® Aligners
Proper Oral Hygiene
Storing Your Invisalign® Aligners
- Check that you have selected the correct aligner. This means it should be the next in the series and it should be designed for the teeth you are placing it on. Do not swap upper and lower aligners, as this can cause pain and harm your treatment. Every aligner is labeled to prevent confusion.
- You can insert either aligner first. Start by placing the aligners over the front teeth and then use gentle pressure moving backwards from there, securing the aligner to your teeth.
- Take care never to bite your aligners to get them in place. This can damage the aligners and harm your treatment progress.
- Start on either side of your teeth by placing your fingertip on the inside of your back molar. From there, hook onto the aligner and slowly pull the aligner away from all molarson that side of the mouth. Repeat the same process on the other side.
- After the aligner is no longer attached to the molars, you can gently pull it away from the rest of your teeth using your fingertips.
Care of Your Aligners
1. Aligners should be cleaned prior to each use.
2. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles so as to not damage the aligners. Mix water with a small amount of toothpaste and then gently clean the aligners.
3. After brushing the aligners, thoroughly rinse them with water.
4. Once a week, use the special Invisalign brand cleaners.
5. Never use denture cleaners and do not soak the aligners in mouthwash. Both can cause damage and discoloration.
Proper Oral Hygiene
1. Remove your aligners whenever you are eating or drinking, with the exception of drinking cool water.
2. Brush and floss your teeth every time you eat and before putting your aligners back in place.
3. Continue with your regular dental checkups every six months. The orthodontist is not a replacement for your general dentist.
Storing Your Aligners
1. You will be given two aligner cases when treatment begins. If an aligner is not in your mouth, it must be in a case.
2. Use the blue case to store your current aligners and use the red or orange case for the most recent aligners you wore prior to your current ones.
3. Depending on our progress and if there is damage to an aligner, you may need to go back one step in the series, which is why you need to keep these aligners safe and organized.
4. Store any older aligners in a large Ziploc bag and keep this out of reach of children and animals.