Your Guide To Caring For Invisalign 

Do you dream of trading crooked or gapped teeth for a stunningly straight smile? Invisalign clear aligners could be the ideal solution. With Invisalign treatment from Premier Birmingham Dentistry, you can gently straighten your teeth without obvious wires and brackets.

But to get those incredible results, it’s essential to take proper care of your Invisalign trays. From cleaning and storage to replacement protocols, specific care steps are required to keep your aligners clear, sanitary, and effective throughout treatment. Diamond Invisalign Provider Dr. Jay Stone helps patients keep their aligners and smiles bright. We’re here to help achieve your desired results while maintaining excellent oral health.

Call (248) 644-8520 today to schedule your consultation and start the journey toward a healthy, radiant smile.

Removing Your Invisalign Trays

When it’s time to take your aligners out, follow these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your trays. This prevents the transfer of dirt and oils onto the aligners.
  • Starting from your back molars, gently pull down on the aligner to release it from your teeth.
  • Slowly work your way forward, gently flexing the tray away from each tooth until it’s fully removed.
  • Avoid yanking or pulling too hard, which can damage the aligners over time. A slow, gentle motion works best.
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Inserting Your Invisalign Trays

When you’re ready to put your aligners back in, follow these steps:

  • Again, wash your hands before handling the aligners.
  • Start by inserting your aligners over your front teeth first. Apply light pressure with your fingertips to adhere the tray to each tooth.
  • Work your way backward, pressing gently until the aligners fully cover all teeth top and bottom.
  • Use your cheek and tongue to check for any areas of the aligner that may not be fully seated against your teeth.
  • You’ll feel an initial tightness or pressure when inserting a new set of trays — this is normal and means they’re working!

Always double-check that your aligners are fully seated. Improperly placed trays won’t effectively shift your teeth.

Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays

To keep your aligners clear, clean, and fresh, follow these cleaning recommendations:

  • Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water whenever you remove them for eating or drinking. This helps prevent the buildup of food and beverage particles.
  • Clean aligners daily with a soft bristle Invisalign cleaning brush and mild antibacterial soap. Avoid harsh toothpaste, which can scratch the plastic.
  • Soak aligners for 15 to 20 minutes in a denture or retainer cleaning solution for deeper cleaning. This disinfects and deodorizes trays.
  • Never use hot water, as high temperatures can warp Invisalign trays and impact fit.

Proper Invisalign Storage

Proper tray storage between wears is also essential to keeping aligners clear and sanitary:

  • Always store aligners in their Invisalign case when not being worn. This prevents warping or other damage.
  • Never wrap aligners in napkins or paper towels, which can scratch the surface.
  • When brushing your teeth, place aligners in water or their case to avoid accidental damage by dropping them.
  • Ensure aligners are completely dry before storing them in the case. Trapped moisture can foster bacteria growth.

Lost or Broken Aligners

If an aligner becomes lost, broken, or otherwise unusable during treatment, don’t panic! Here’s what to do:

  • Call our Birmingham dental office immediately if a tray becomes lost or damaged beyond use. We’ll schedule an appointment to do a mid-course correction scan and order replacement trays.
  • Wear your previous set of aligners until the new ones arrive. Going back one to two trays for a short time should maintain your treatment progress.
  • Be prepared to wear the next trays in your series for slightly longer to make up for the lost wear time of the damaged tray.
  • Avoid attempting DIY aligner repairs like gluing or taping, which prevents proper tooth movement.
  • Store your last two to three old aligner sets as spares should any new trays become lost or broken.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll Support You on Your Invisalign Journey

Caring for Invisalign aligners is easy but crucial for maintaining oral health throughout your treatment. At Premier Birmingham Dentistry, Dr. Stone provides all the information and troubleshooting you need to keep your aligners in great shape throughout treatment. 

Contact Premier Birmingham Dentistry by calling (248) 644-8520 to schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Stone. We look forward to seeing your smile transform over the coming months. Let’s get you started on the exciting path to the straight, beautiful teeth you’ve always wanted!