Use & Care Instructions for Invisalign Aligners

Use & Care Instructions for Invisalign Aligners

Here are some tips to help ensure proper use and to avoid damaging your aligners.

Aligner insertion

  • Check your aligner number before inserting it into your mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Brush your teeth and aligners before inserting them.
  • When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over the teeth. Then apply equal pressure, using yourfingertips, to the tops of your left and right molars until the aligner snaps into place.
  • Do note bite your aligners into position. This may damage them.
  • Use the chewies provided for 10 minutes every day to help fully seat the aligner and stimulate blood flow,which helps treatment progress more efficiently.

Aligner removal

  • Using your fingers, start at side at the molars and slowly work your way around the other side, gently pullingdown to remove the aligner.
  • You may use a retainer removal device or crochet hook given to you by our office.
  • Rinse aligner with cold water only (never hot, this will melt the aligner), shake off excess water and store youraligners in the case provided.

Daily Care and Maintenance of your aligners

  • Clean your aligners prior to each insertion with a soft bristled brush and cold water.
  • We recommend a product called Polident Retainer Cleanser, commercially available in most pharmacies. Wealso have patients who regularly use the Polident 5 minute tablet without any adverse affects on their retainers.

Proper Oral Hygiene

  • Remove your aligners for eating and drinking, except when drinking water only.
  • Brush and floss after each meal or snack prior to re-inserting the aligners.
  • Regular cleanings and check-ups with your dentist are recommended. Your dentist & hygienist should knownot to remove the attachments on your teeth.

Patient Cooperation Using Invisalign Aligners

To ensure that your Invisalign aligner treatment progresses on schedule and as smoothly as possible, it is imperative that you understand the procedures that are involved in your treatment.

  • Aligners must be worn all day, except when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Please wear them full time, day and night.
  • Tooth coloured or clear attachments or buttons may be attached to your teeth. These buttons and/or attachments are nearly invisible and will aid the aligners in moving your teeth properly. Ask your dentist or hygienist to leave them alone when cleaning your teeth.
  • IPR, the removal/polishing of some of the enamel on the sides of your teeth, may be necessary to create space for crowded teeth or to allow teeth in each jaw to come together properly.
  • It is critical that you follow instructions on wearing aligners (inserting and removing), cleaning aligners, and proper brushing and flossing covered in the Use and Care Instructions pamphlet. Use of the chewies (10 minutes/day) will help treatment progress more effectively.
  • Always store your aligners in their case when not being worn to avoid loss or damage. If you lose an aligner, there is a replacement fee.
  • The aligners are designed to sequentially move your teeth, so it is very important to wear each aligner in the order and for the duration (normally 2 weeks) prescribed by Dr. Lebuis. Do not wear aligners out of order.
  • Always keep at least 2 sets of previous aligners as backup in case the current aligner breaks or goes missing.
  • Keep your scheduled appointments – this is the only way we can be sure that your treatment is progressingas planned.
  • Additional aligners and/or auxiliary appliances may be needed at the end of your treatment in order tocompletely finish your treatment.
  • Retainer wear after treatment is complete is designed to maintain the smile you’ve invested in. Retainersrequire a lifetime commitment.

 

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