Invisalign Care Instructions
Congratulations on your decision to pursue improved oral health with the Invisalign appliance! Please watch the following video and read the information below carefully. Let our team know if any clarification regarding your Invisalign treatment is needed.
MY INVISALIGN APP
When your treatment begins, you will receive an email from our office with an invitation to download the My Invisalign app. We ask that you come to your next appointment with the app downloaded on your phone. We will help you register your account in-person.
The most important variable for success of your Invisalign treatment is your compliance to wear the aligners as instructed. Aligners need to be worn at minimum 20-22 hours per day, without exception. The includes faithful wear of rubber bands, if indicated, during treatment.
Your aligners will be changed on a weekly basis, unless otherwise notified by your doctor. The most important indicator of your readiness to change into your next aligner is the overall fit, or passiveness, of your aligners.
Your aligners should have no visible space seen between the edge of the teeth, and the aligner itself, when you are ready to change. The aligners should always fit tight over the teeth so no space is visible at the edge of the teeth. If a gap exists, aligner cheques should be used faithfully until the aligner fits properly.
DO NOT TRANSITION TO YOUR NEXT ALIGNER UNTIL ALL GAPS BETWEEN THE TEETH AND THE ALIGNER ARE RESOLVED
Bite down and hold in the area where the aligner needs to fit better for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat this process for 10 minutes at a time, up to three times per day, until the gap is reduced.
CARING FOR YOU INVISALIGN ALIGNERS
- Never eat of drink anything but water with your aligners in place.
- When eating or drinking, remove your aligners and place into the case provided for safe keeping. Do not place your aligners in your pocket or napkins as this will lead to accidental damage or discarding of the aligners.
- Brush the inside of the aligners carefully after each meal. Aligners should be "crystal clear" at all times. If aligners are cloudy this is an indication of plaque accumulation, which can be extremely damaging to the teeth, leading to scarring/decalcification and cavities of your teeth.
- If you do not have a sulpha allergy, a denture or retainer cleaner may also be used un addition to brushing the aligners to keep them extra clean. Place the aligners in cool water with a tablet to soak for 15 minutes. Remove the aligners when time has passed, brush and rinse out the aligners before placement back into your mouth.
If you have a rough spot on your aligner, gently use an emery board to smooth out the area.
If your aligner becomes lost, cracked, etc after 3-5 days of wear, it may be OK to move into your next aligner. However, please contact the office to confirm if this is okay.