Invisalign tips

Storing Your Invisalign® Aligners. Keep your aligners in their case whenever they’re not in the mouth. This will keep the dog from eating them! And save you from accidentally throwing them away, and the subsequent digs through the trash can!

How to Clean Your Invisalign® Aligners. We recommend using an old toothbrush with dish soap (such as Dial or Dawn) to clean the aligners. Do not use toothpaste since it is abrasive and will scratch the aligners, making them cloudy. Never boil the aligners! You may also use denture cleaning agents or retainer cleaning solutions to keep them fresh. For retainer cleaning solutions, we recommend a product called Retainer Brite, which can be bought online. It comes with an ultrasonic and is effective at keeping your aligners (and future retainers) sparkly clean and fresh.

Dealing with Discomfort. You will likely have a dull, achy soreness for several days after changing your Invisalign® aligners. You may take ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin, or any preferred OTC pain medication for relief. If you experience extreme pain or swelling, please call our office immediately at 661-665-7600

Cleanings with Your Dentist During Treatment. Please see your dentist at your usual cleaning interval (at least every 6 months) throughout orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. It is even more crucial to get these cleanings during orthodontic therapy than it was before, since tartar that builds up on teeth can inhibit tooth movement.

Reminders to Change Your Invisalign® Aligners and Wear Them Consistently. Various iPhone and Android apps exist to remind you when it’s time to change your aligners. They will even send you notifications that you should be wearing your aligners. One app that we recommend is called Align Remind.

Chewies (Bite Sticks). It is critical that your teeth seat completely into the Invisalign® aligners in order for them to move/track properly. If you notice that there is ever a gap between the edge of your tooth and the aligner, then we recommend biting on a chewie for several seconds to help seat the tooth into the bottom of the aligner. Repeat this process every time you insert your aligner for any area that you notice incomplete seating.
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Elastics. Wearing your elastics as prescribed will help your treatment to proceed as planned and finish on time. Failure to wear your elastics will delay your treatment completion and can result in a compromised bite.