Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners that are changed every two weeks for the next set. Each aligner is individually manufactured to fit the shape of your teeth. As you wear each aligner your teeth will move little by little, towards the final position planned by the orthodontist.
In our experience by following these do’s and dont’s you will help treatment go well and achieve the best possible result from your Invisalign® treatment:
- DO wear your aligners 22 out of 24 hours a day, every day.
- DO change aligners after exactly 14 days. You can wear your aligners for longer than 14 days if they still feel tight. Aligners can feel loose before 14 days but do NOT move onto the next set or your teeth won’t keep up.
- DON’T skip aligners!
- DO use ‘Chewies’ every time when putting your aligners in.
- DO change into your new aligners before bed, this means you can sleep through the first hours of wear (when the new aligner is tightest).
- DON’T throw any aligners away!! Keep your old ones in a safe place in case you ever lose your current aligner.
- DON’T take aligners out other than to eat, brush/floss your teeth or for hot/sugary drinks.
- DO try to just drink cold water rather than juices or soft drinks. This keeps the aligners cleaner and prevents damage to the teeth.
- DO keep your aligners in their case when eating or brushing your teeth to prevent loss or damage.
Does Invisalign® hurt?
Invisalign® aligners are very thin and smooth, with no brackets or wires. Nevertheless you may experience minor discomfort and tightness in the first few days after changing aligners. This is due to your teeth adjusting to their new positions and is an encouraging sign that the teeth are moving!
Can I eat or drink with the aligners in?
We recommend you do not drink anything hot, colored, acidic or with a high sugar content when wearing aligners. This is to prevent damage to the aligner or to your teeth. Aligners should be removed for eating.
Can I smoke with the aligners in?
Remove your aligners to smoke, as they will stain - bear in mind that they must be in your mouth at least 22 hours a day to work.
Can I chew gum with the aligners in?
No, gum will stick to the aligners and pull them out.
How do I clean the aligners?
You should clean your aligners with cold water and your toothbrush (avoid toothpaste). Some people like to use liquid soap and we will give you a starter pack containing aligner-cleaning tablets for you to try. Hot water will cause the aligner to melt or distort.
What happens if I lose an aligner?
If you lose or break an aligner and it hasn’t been worn for the full two weeks, put in your previous aligner and contact us as soon as possible for advice. We recommend keeping your aligners in their case when they are not being worn.
Will wearing the aligners change my speech?
Like all orthodontic appliances, Invisalign may temporarily affect speech, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, this will improve.
What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving?
Retention is an essential part of all orthodontic treatment. A very thin retention wire is placed behind the four upper front teeth and six lower front teeth to help prevent tooth movement. A removable retainer, similar to an aligner, is then worn at night.
How long do I have to wear the retainer and wire?
For as long as you want your teeth to stay straight!