Invisalign

Wearing and using your Invisalign aligners:

  • Make sure you wear your aligners as per your dentist’s instructions, in most cases it is 20-22 hours per day.
  • Before handling your aligners ensure your hands are clean.
  • After removing your aligners from their packet, rinse them.

Putting your aligners in your mouth:

  • Ensure you have the correct aligner, locate the U/L (upper/lower) and stage number on the aligner.
  • When placing the aligner over your teeth, start by gently pushing the aligners over your front teeth. Then moving towards the back teeth, apply equal pressure using your fingertips until the aligner clicks into place. Avoid biting the aligners into position, this may result in breakage.

Removing your aligners:

  • Starting on one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your molars. Repeat this process on the other side, then towards the front teeth before pulling out the aligner.
  • Once the aligner is out of your mouth, rinse it, then shake the excess water away and place it in its box.

Care and maintenance of your aligners:

  • Clean your aligners prior to putting them back in your mouth. Always use a soft toothbrush with water and a small amount of toothpaste (no whitening or abrasive toothpaste).
  • Avoid soaking your aligners in denture cleaning tablets or mouthwashes. These products can damage the integrity of the aligner.

Maintaining your Oral Hygiene:

  • Remove your aligners for eating and drinking, except for water.
  • Where possible, brush and floss your teeth after each meal or snack before re-inserting your aligners. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with water.
  • Visit your dentist for your regular dental check-up and clean. Your oral health is a contributing factor in optimum Invisalign outcomes.

Note: Keep all of your older aligners in a clean plastic bag, or as instructed by your doctor. Keep them out of reach of small children and pets.

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