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How to use and care for Invisalign aligners

Author: Jonathan Pham
Review Date: September 26, 2019 | Last Modified: October 17, 2019
How to use and care for Invisalign aligners

Most orthodontic treatments involve the use of either metal braces or transparent plastic aligner (Invisalign). Between these two methods, Invisalign is generally the preferable option in terms of aesthetics, comfort, and convenience.

For those who wish to, or have already performed Invisalign treatment, make sure to read the following tips, so that you can better use and preserve the aligners.

How to use and care for Invisalign aligners

Cleaning the aligners

For hygiene purposes, don’t forget to clean your Invisalign aligners before wearing them. To do that, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Remember to handle only one aligner at a time.
  2. Wash your hand with soap and water.
  3. Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to clean both the aligner’s interior and exterior.
  4. Each aligner is marked with a hue or an L for upper and lower followed by the stage number.
  5. Never use denture cleaner and mouthwash on aligners.

Wearing the aligners

To insert your aligner, gently push it over your front teeth, and then use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure over your molars, until the aligner snaps into .place. Don’t bite your aligners into positions that may damage them.

Remember, your aligners only work if they’re in your mouth, so wearing them consistently will keep your treatment moving forward. Generally, you should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours/day.

Removing the aligners

Liner removal is very simple. First, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your teeth. After that, repeat the same steps on the other side before removing the aligner. Make sure to only use your fingertips during the removal process.

In case you have any trouble with removing the aligners, let your doctor know as soon as possible. On the other hand, you can store your recently used aligners in a red case for back-up purposes.

Preserving the aligners

Since the aligners are virtually invisible, few people should recognize that you’re performing orthodontic treatment. While wearing Invisalign aligners, you are free to drink cool water without taking them off. However, if you are eating or drinking anything other than water, remove the aligners beforehand to protect them from damage and discoloration. Drinking anything other than water (e.g: soft drinks) will stain your aligners, which will affect both your outlook and dental health.

Invisalign treatment also requires you to maintain good oral hygiene. Ideally, you should brush or floss your teeth after every meal and snack. If you don’t have a toothbrush, rinse your mouth and clean your aligners by holding them under warm running water

Always store your aligners in a case to prevent loss and damage. When starting a new set of aligners, switch to your new set in the evening. Rinse the new aligners and wear them for at least 12 hours straight.

How to use and care for Invisalign aligners

Conclusion

Invisalign doesn’t interfere with your social life the way braces do, so you are free to enjoy food with your friends and take photos of yourself with confidence. If you feel discomfort, ask your doctor if you should take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most of the time,  all pain will gradually subside within a few days.

For those who intend to perform Invisalign treatment, we hope that the above-mentioned guideline will help improve your treatment experience and success rate. If you need more information about Invisalign and high-quality dental centers that offer orthodontic services, click here.

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