How to properly wear and maintain your invisible braces

Wearing and using your Invident aligners

Here are some tips to help you use your clear aligners properly and avoid damaging it.

Remember:

  • Wear your aligner as instructed by your doctor, usually 22 to 23 hours a day.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your aligner.
  • Wear only one aligner per arch at a time.
  • Rinse your aligner under tap water after removing it from the packaging.

Putting in your aligner

  • Make sure you have the correct aligner - the upper for the top teeth and the lower for the bottom teeth.
  • It doesn't matter if you put on the top or bottom first. When putting on, gently press your aligner on the front teeth. Use your fingertips to push the left and right on the back teeth in the same way until the appliance snaps into place.
  • Do not try to seat your aligner by biting. It could cause injury. Note: If you experience sharp pain or severe discomfort, stop using the aligner and contact your doctor.

Removing your aligner

  • Using your fingertips, gently pull the appliance from the inside of the back teeth.
  • Repeat the same procedure on the other side before attempting to remove the appliance completely.
  • As soon as the appliance is loose on both sides of the back teeth, you should remove it slowly and gently with your fingertips.

Notes:

  • Immediately rinse your aligner with water, shake off the remaining water and store them in a protective case.
  • To avoid damaging your aligner, do not remove it unnecessarily.
  • Take extra care when removing your aligner if attachments are used.
  • Do not use excessive force to bend or rotate the aligner when removing it.
  • Do not use any sharp objects to remove the aligner.
  • If you experience difficulty removing your aligner, consult your doctor.

Daily care and maintenance of your aligner

  • Thoroughly clean both aligners before insertion. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and water to clean them. The easiest way to clean the outer wall of the appliance is when the appliance is in your mouth. Then remove it and clean the inner walls.
  • Do not use dentifrices. Also, do not soak the appliance in mouthwash. These products can damage its surface by making it cloudy and more visible.

Proper oral hygiene

  • Remove the appliance when eating and drinking (you do not need to remove it when drinking cold water).
  • Brush your teeth with a toothbrush and floss after each meal and before inserting the aligner back. If you do not have access to a toothbrush and floss, simply rinse your mouth with water and then clean the appliance under running water. This is not the best way to clean, but it will suffice in an emergency. However, clean your aligner thoroughly at the earliest opportunity.
  • If you have any questions about hygiene, talk to your doctor.
  • Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for the lasting health of your teeth and gums.

Storing your aligners

There is a purple carrying box for your aligner in the starter pack. We recommend storing your aligner in a protective case, as this will provide protection from damage and loss.

Store both aligners you are using in the carrying box.

When it's time to move on to the next set of aligners, seat the previous aligners to their corresponding models. Store away the aligners you have just replaced with new ones. If you loose or break your current aligner, your doctor may advise you to temporarily switch back and use the previous aligner until a replacement aligner is made.

Note: Store all old aligners and models in a clean plastic bag or follow your doctor's instructions. Keep the aligners out of the reach of small children and animals.

Frequently asked questions

Question: Is aligner treatment painful?
Answer: Most people experience some pain for a few days after changing the aligner. It's natural and it means that the aligner works and moves your teeth to the right place. This pain gradually disappears after a few days. If not, call your doctor.

Question: Will wearing an aligner affect my speech?
Answer: Like any orthodontic treatment, aligners can temporarily affect your speech and you can speak with a slight lisp for a day or two. When your tongue gets used to the presence of the aligner in your mouth, the subtle lisp disappears.

Question: What should I do if my new aligner does not cover my teeth completely?
Answer: Subtle discrepancies between the new aligner and the current position of the teeth are normal, as it takes a while for the teeth to adjust to the aligner. If the problem persists, contact your doctor.

Question: Are there any restrictions on food while wearing aligners?
Answer: Not at all. Unlike traditional braces, you can eat and drink anything you like because you will have aligners removed before eating.

Question: Is it possible to drink hot and cold drinks with aligners?
Answer: Cold drinks yes, but hot drinks are not recommended, as they could cause stains or bend the aligner.

Question: May I chew gum with aligners on?
Answer: No, it is not recommended because the chewing gum sticks to the aligner.

Question: Does smoking or chewing tobacco stain the aligner?
Answer: Yes, smoking or chewing tobacco can stain the aligner, so it is not recommended.

Question: Why do some of my aligners have lumps and ridges?
Answer: Depending on your individual treatment plan, some planned movements may require the use of attachments or bite ramps. These increase the grip of the aligners on the teeth. These lumps and grooves copy the places where your dentist will place the attachments. These attachments are actually small pieces of white filling material attached to your teeth. Your dentist may choose to use some or all of these elements to achieve the desired result.

Question: What if I lose or break the aligner?
Answer: If you lose or break your aligner, tell your doctor immediately. Your doctor will probably advise you to use the previous or next set of aligners. He will then order a new set of aligners, which should be delivered within a few days.

Question: What if an attachment falls off or brakes?
Answer: If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.

Note: If you have any further questions, ask your doctor.

Warning: In very rare cases, some patients may be allergic to the plastic material from which the aligner is made. In this case, stop using the aligner, consult your doctor and inform Invident.

Orthodontic appliances or their parts may be accidentally swallowed or inhaled.

Last modified: 3rd January 2021