To place the aligners, position them over your front teeth, then use your fingers to push the aligner down over your molars. Do NOT bite your aligners into place. Aligners should fit all the way down on the teeth with minimal space between the aligner and the teeth. Aligners will fit snugly at first but should fit well at the end of the two-week period.
Your aligners should be worn 22 hours a day for maximum effect. Take your aligners out only when flossing, brushing, eating or drinking warm beverages such as coffee and tea. Rinse your mouth after consuming food/drink, and replace the aligners in your mouth.
To remove your aligner, pull it off both sides of your back teeth simultaneously and then lift it off of your front teeth.
When not using your aligners, use the storage case that was provided to you. Do NOT place your aligners in a napkin or tissue. Many aligners have accidentally been thrown out this way! There is a fee to replace aligners, so be careful with the ones provided to you.
Clean aligners with a toothbrush and clear liquid soap.
Your aligners should be worn for 2 weeks unless directed otherwise by our office.
Wear aligners in the correct numerical order. Each aligner is labeled by number and with a “U” or an “L” to differentiate the upper from the lower.
Keep all of your old aligners and bring them to your orthodontic appointments.
Do not use boiling water on your aligners.
Do not chew gum with your aligners in.
Avoid smoking while wearing aligners. The smoke can stain the aligners as well as your teeth.
If you lose the attachment to your tooth that helps the aligner snap on, please call our office right away so that we can determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment.
If you lose one of your aligner trays, please call our office right away so that we can determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment.