You have begun treatment with Invisalign®, and we want to be sure your treatment proceeds as smoothly and effectively as possible. Following these instructions will help to ensure the success of your treatment.
What to Expect
The aligners come in a container that holds one upper and one lower aligner. The aligners are worn in sequence, and the number can be found on the back of the aligner container. Peel back the paper and remove the aligners on Set #1. The upper arch has larger teeth, making it easy to tell them apart. It is usually easiest to put the aligners in by seating them on the front teeth first, then pressing them in place on your back teeth. The aligners will snap into place, and you shouldn’t see space between the aligners and your teeth if they are seated correctly. To remove an aligner, put your fingernail (or a plastic hook) on the outside edge of the aligner on the back teeth. Press firmly, alternating from side to side until you find the sweet spot and it releases.
You will wear each set of aligners for 2–3 weeks. After wearing Set #1 for 2–3 weeks, take it out, put it back into the original container, and move on to the Set #2. Wear that for 2–3 weeks, then return the aligners to their original container and open Set #3. Wear Set #3 for the same time period and follow the previous steps until you go through all sets. Your old aligners are kept because, on occasion, we need to go back a few aligners. If we don’t have your old ones, we need to reorder them — a lengthy and costly situation.
You should wear the aligners at all times, except when eating, drinking, or cleaning them. Do not eat or drink anything, other than water, when the aligners are in place. When you do take them out, be sure to store them in one of the cases that we provide you. The easiest way to lose the aligners is to wrap them in a napkin and throw them out with the trash. If you do lose an aligner, make sure you either put the previous set in or try to go ahead to the next aligner. Give us a call ASAP so we can see you to decide what to do. Never go without an aligner. To be effective, Invisalign must be in place 22 hours a day.
If the aligners irritate your cheek or tongue, place some wax on the spot or smooth it with a nail file.
When you take them out to eat, it is best to brush your teeth and the aligners before putting them back in. Clean by brushing with a toothbrush (no toothpaste) under a faucet or use the Invisalign cleaning system. Do not put in hot water or soak them in any cleaning solution as they are sensitive to heat and will absorb solutions.
Your bedtime routine can continue as before with the simple addition of cleaning your aligners. Since there are no brackets and wires on your teeth, brushing and flossing are easy.
For any questions or concerns, please call (419) 882-1017. If it’s an emergency and the office is closed, please call (419) 318-9821.