Invisalign works really well... but aligners need to be worn full time
Invisalign aligners should be worn consistently every day for 20-22 hours/day throughout treatment. Aligners can be removed to brush, eat or drink anything other than water.
What you should expect on the first few days
Dental pain, soreness & discomfort are common on the first few days of treatment. You may also experience subtle speech changes. These symptoms typically last for a few days and go away once you get used to the aligners.
Aligner wear schedule is important and should be followed
Each aligner set should be worn for 7 days unless we instructed you otherwise. Please keep all of your aligners even the ones you are done with.
Aligners should be cleaned regularly
Denture or retainer tablets may be used to clean your aligners. Add one tablet to a cup of cold or warm water and soak the aligners for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward and use a toothbrush for additional cleaning if necessary. Please avoid soaking your aligners in harsh chemical cleaners or hot water.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene throughout treatment is essential
Brushing and flossing your teeth before wearing the aligners is highly recommended.
Tips to avoid losing your aligners
Please avoid wrapping your aligners with a napkin or putting them in your pocket or bag without a container. Also, make sure to keep your aligners away from your pets, especially dogs! Call us immediately if you lose any of your aligners. It takes around a week to receive a replacement. In the mean time, please continue to wear the previous set of aligners.
Help us track your results
Please keep an eye on your teeth throughout treatment. Aligners should fit perfectly on all of your teeth throughout treatment. This is called tracking and should be monitored closely. If you notice one or more teeth not fitting properly, please let us know so we can evaluate the treatment progress.
You should also bring the set you are currently wearing to your appointments. We cannot proceed with more aligners unless we verify that the aligners are working and fitting properly.
Attachments are very important
If you lose one or more attachments, please call us so we can replace as soon as possible.
Communication is key
Please let us of any issues you’re experiencing or any concerns you may have. We are here to help and make sure you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
Dr. Ramzi Daibis is a board-certified orthodontist and the owner of Band & Wire Orthodontics in Clarendon Hills, IL. He specializes exclusively in braces and Invisalign for children and adults. Band & Wire Orthodontics serves Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Westmont, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, La Grange, La Grange Park and Chicago.