Using Invisalign Aligners: The Patient’s Role
For an Invisalign treatment to run smoothly, you’ll need to get to know the procedures involved.
- Aligners need to be worn full time—day and night. During the day, they can be removed when you’re eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.
- Attachments or buttons may be attached to your teeth. They’re tooth-coloured or clear and are practically invisible. They will aid the aligners in coaxing your teeth to move. When you’re being seen by your dentist or hygienist, make sure they’re aware of them so that they know to leave them alone when cleaning your teeth.
- Interproximal reduction (IPR), which involves polishing or removing some enamel on the sides of your teeth, may be a necessary procedure for the orthodontist to perform. It’s done to create space for crowded teeth or to allow for a proper bite between the upper and lower teeth.
- It is critical that you follow instructions on inserting and removing aligners, cleaning them, and properly brushing and flossing, all covered in the Use and Care Instructions pamphlet.
Using the chewies (10 minutes per day) will help the treatment progress.
- When you’re not wearing your aligners, be sure to always store them in their case in order to not lose or damage them. You’ll have to pay a replacement fee for a lost aligner.
- The aligners are designed to sequentially move your teeth, which is why it’s important to wear each aligner in the order and for the duration (normally two weeks each) prescribed by Dr.Lebuis. Do not wear aligners out of order.
- Always keep at least two sets of previous aligners as backup, in case the current aligner breaks or goes missing.
- Keep your appointments—it’s the only way we can see that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Additional aligners or other auxiliary appliances may be needed at the end of your treatment in order to complete your treatment.
- Retainer wear following the treatment’s completion is designed to maintain the smile you’ve invested in. Retainers require a lifetime commitment.