Invisalign / Clear Aligners
If you have had fixed braces, and now you have been given retainers to wear, please refer to the section for aftercare of retainers. This section refers to Invisalign or clear aligners that move teeth and straighten them.
Will it hurt?
For the first 3-4 days of having your Invisalign or clear aligners, and for a day or so each time you change to a new clear aligner, you may experience some discomfort in your mouth. The teeth may get a little sore, and parts of the aligner may rub on your tongue. Initially, you may also notice increased saliva flow, and a very minor effect on your speech. This is normal, and soon you’ll get used to wearing your aligners.
Try and wear your aligners as full time as possible. If you leave your brace out for a long time, you will have to get used to them all over again when you resume wearing them; or worse still, they may not fit!
If necessary, you may wish to take mild painkillers such the ones you would normally take for headaches. Please read the instructions on the packet regarding how much you should take.
If you continue to have discomfort beyond the first few days, contact the practice for advice.
Do I have to wear my Invisalign / clear aligners all the time?
Yes. The key to successful orthodontic treatment with all removable appliances is wearing them, not removing them! Aligners do not work in your pocket! Wear your clear aligners all day and all night wherever you are. There are only a few exceptions to this rule. You may remove them for:
- Eating meals and snacks
- Brushing your teeth
- Playing sports that normally require wearing of a protective mouthguard (gumshield)
Going on holiday is not an exception to this rule! Only remove your clear aligner for a short while for the above exceptions, and when you do, always store the brace in a small rigid container which we will provide to avoid damage to, or loss of your brace.
How do I take care of my Invisalign / clear aligners?
Do not leave your clear aligners lying around outside their container. Do not carry them loose in your pockets or your bag. Do not wrap up your aligners in tissue paper or a napkin and then leave them lying around. To avoid damage to, or loss of your clear aligners, always store them in their container/box when not being worn.
To keep your clear aligners clean, brush them with your regular toothbrush and toothpaste whenever you brush your own teeth. You may wish to purchase retainer-cleaning tablets from a chemists as an extra measure, and use these daily to keep your aligners crystal clear.
Do not wash your aligners in very warm or boiling water; do not expose them to heat (such as hot drinks, or the dishwasher!); and do not use bleach or household disinfectants or chemicals to clean your aligners.
Always insert or remove your Invisalign or clear aligners according to your orthodontist’s instructions.
Should I brush my teeth as normal?
You should brush your teeth thoroughly preferably after each meal, and floss once a day. Continue to use interdental cleaning aids if you have been asked by your dentist or hygienist to do so. Take a travel toothbrush with you to school or work so that you can brush after lunch. Use a fluoride mouthwash once a day after breakfast or dinner.
What should I do if my aligners are damaged or lost?
Contact us at our central London practice Elite Orthodontics as soon as possible for advice or an emergency appointment. Do not wait for your next scheduled appointment as this may slow your treatment, or may result in unwanted tooth movement. Sometimes we may be able to remake your clear aligners in your absence. A charge is made for replacing very damaged or lost braces. If you repeatedly damage or lose your brace, no progress will be made, and treatment may be stopped.
How long will I have to wear my Invisalign or clear aligners?
Your orthodontist would have given you some indication of this. Treatment with clear aligners usually takes between 6-12 months. Looking after your aligners and attending for regular appointments as advised by your orthodontist will help keen treatment duration short; but wearing your aligners full time will really speed up treatment!
Do I still need to see my regular dentist and hygienist?
Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you are having, you should always continue to arrange six-monthly check-ups with your dentist and hygienist.
Why haven’t you fitted fixed braces instead?
Your orthodontist at Elite Orthodontics has assessed and analysed your orthodontic problem to come up with treatment options that are customised to produce the best possible improvement for your bite. It is very likely that fixed braces have been discussed as a possible solution to your orthodontic problem, and that you decided to wear clear aligners instead. However, there are occasions when clear aligners are the safest and most efficient treatment option.
Please contact Elite Orthodontics London W1 to discuss your specific needs or book an appointment.
Alternatively telephone 020 7580 5370.