✔ Use your fingers to insert your aligners. First, place the aligner over your front teeth, and then use your fingers to push the aligner down gently over your molars. When aligners are correctly inserted, they will fit all the way down on the teeth with no space between the top of the aligners and the top of the teeth. Aligners will fit tightly at first but should fit well at the end of the two-week period.
✔ Keep your aligners in your mouth except when flossing, brushing, and eating. It is also best to remove the aligners when drinking warm beverages such as coffee and tea.
✔ Remove an aligner by pulling it off both sides of your back teeth simultaneously and then lifting it off of your front teeth.
✔ Place your aligners in the case we provided any time they are not being worn.
✔ Clean aligners with a toothbrush and clear liquid soap.
✔ Wear each set of aligners for two weeks unless our office directs you to vary from this schedule.
✔ Wear aligners in the correct numerical order. Each aligner is labeled by number and with a “U” or an “L” to designate upper and lower.
✔ Keep all of your old aligners and bring them to your orthodontic appointments.
✔ Do not place your aligners in or on a napkin or tissue. Many aligners have accidentally been thrown out this way!
✔ Do not use your teeth to bite your aligners into place.
✔ Do not place your aligners anywhere that animals can reach them. Animals would enjoy chewing on your Invisalign aligners!
✔ Do not use boiling water on your aligners.
✔ Do not chew gum with your aligners in.
✔ It would be best not to smoke while wearing aligners. The smoke can stain the aligners as well as your teeth.
Just in Case:
✔ If you lose the tab attached to your tooth that helps the aligner snap on, please call our office right away so that we can determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment.
✔ If you lose one of your aligner trays, please call our office right away so that we can determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment.