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Expert Tips for Wearing and Maintaining Invisalign Aligners

To ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment, we have compiled the following valuable advice. Our team is always available to address any inquiries you may have, so feel free to reach out to us for assistance.

Effective Usage of Invisalign Aligners:

  1. Consistent Wear: Aim to wear your aligners for 20–22 hours every day. Remove them only during meals, when drinking, and for oral hygiene practices.
  2. Duration of Use: Wear each set of aligners for two weeks, starting with the initial three sets. If they fit well, subsequent sets may be worn for 7–10 days as advised.
  3. Mind Your Diet: Refrain from consuming anything except cold water while wearing your aligners, as they may become stained or damaged.
  4. Safe Removal Technique: Before removing your aligners, gently loosen them from all sides. Simultaneously release the aligners from the back on both sides to avoid breakage. Avoid pulling or tugging from the front or one side.
  5. Lost or Damaged Aligners: Contact us promptly if you misplace or damage your aligners.
  6. Adherence is Key: It is crucial to follow the prescribed wear schedule to ensure that your teeth progress as planned and that the next set of aligners fits correctly.
  7. Retain Your Last Set: Always keep your previous set of aligners. In case of any issues with your current set, we may request you revert back to the previous ones.

Proper Care for Your Aligners:

  1. Secure Storage: When not wearing your aligners, keep them safely stored in their plastic case.
  2. Daily Cleaning: Clean your aligners daily using a toothbrush and cold water. Avoid using toothpaste, as it may cause scratches and cloudiness.
  3. Additional Cleaning Options: Consider using Invisalign cleaning crystals or Retainer Brite to keep your aligners extra fresh.
  4. Avoid Hot Water: Do not clean your aligners with hot water, as it can distort the plastic and affect the fit.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Unable to Wear an Aligner: If you lose or break an aligner, proceed to the next one in the sequence and extend the wear time accordingly. Utilize chewies to seat and activate the new aligner. Contact us for guidance if the fit is not optimal. Never skip more than one set of aligners.
  2. Detached Attachments: Should an Invisalign attachment come off, contact us for advice. Typically, if fewer than three attachments are affected, immediate replacement may not be necessary.
  3. Preventing Irritation: Occasionally, when transitioning to a new aligner, you may experience initial discomfort or irritation to your tongue or cheeks. Applying mouth ulcer gel to the affected area can help alleviate the symptoms.
  4. Dealing with Rough Edges: If your aligner has a sharp edge, carefully use a nail file to smoothen it. Should you require assistance, please reach out to us.
  5. Teeth Sensitivity: It is normal for your teeth to feel sore for a day or two when you start using a new set of aligners as they begin to shift. To ease the discomfort, switch to a new set before bedtime so that your mouth can adjust while you sleep. Over-the-counter pain relief can be taken if necessary.

For further guidance on aligner usage, you can refer to London City Smiles, one of the best dentistry practices in London. If you have any questions, their friendly team is ready to assist you.

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