Instructions for Invisalign
- You are to wear your Invisalign aligners at all times with the exception of eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
- Aim for 22 hours of wear per day.
After brushing your teeth in the morning and at night, brush your Invisalign aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste, then rinse under lukewarm water. It is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain necessary hygiene.
While in treatment you will have to remove your aligners to eat, chew gum, and drink anything except water. Leaving aligners on while drinking may stain them and you may risk decay from drinking fluids with sugar in them.
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discoloured.
There will be initial discomfort after each aligner is inserted as this is an orthodontic adjustment adding pressure to certain teeth. This should ease after a maximum of three days, keeping in mind every patient is different. We recommend keeping pain relief on hand throughout the treatment to help relieve discomfort.
Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.
When your aligners are not in your mouth we recommend that you use the provided aligner cases, as this will help protect them from loss and damage. Designate the blue aligner case for your current stage aligners. When it is time to advance to your next stage, transfer the previous aligners to the red case. Always keep the most recently used aligners in this case. A simple way to remember this process is 'BLUE NEW, RED DEAD'.
Note: Keep past aligners in a clean plastic bag, out of reach from children and pets.
As per your Invisalign aligner’s schedule it is your responsibility to follow your schedule at home with regards to changing your aligners on specified dates. There will be regular appointments to visit us so progress can be monitored and next stage aligners given. It is important to keep your Invisalign appointments so that the treatment moves as quickly as possible and next aligners are given at the appropriate time.
What happens if my aligners are lost or no longer fit?
Contact the practice as soon as possible. Resume wearing previous aligners until we advise you otherwise. If you are due to change aligners soon, you may go to your next aligner.
Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us.