Instructions For Invisalign

At Orthodontically Yours, we’re proud to provide the high-quality orthodontics that will give our patients straighter and healthier smiles. One of these orthodontic treatments that we offer in our Mississauga and Thornhill offices is Invisalign, the alternative to braces. While Invisalign is an efficient and convenient treatment, there are still instructions that need to be followed for it to be at its most effective.

Wearing your aligners is a process that requires a committed effort. To gain all the benefits that Invisalign has to offer, you’ll need to follow these important guidelines: 

  • Wear each tray for a full 1 week (a minimum of 22 hours of wear per day), unless otherwise instructed.
  • Remove aligners for eating and brushing teeth.
  • Remove aligners when drinking any liquids containing sugar or use a straw for dark liquids (milk, juice, coffee, etc.). Drinking water is OK to leave aligners in place.
  • Brushing is VERY important after EVERY MEAL. If you place your aligners back in your mouth without brushing, the food particles that are on your teeth turn into bacteria. Bacteria will then eat away at your tooth causing decalcification (White PERMANENT scars) and cavities. Brushing your teeth and the aligners will keep your teeth nice and clean, and the aligners will stay clearer longer.
  • Use “chewies” EVERYDAY for 15 minutes. This helps the aligners move the teeth more effectively. 
  • Use the nail file to smooth any rough edges on the aligners that may cause you any discomfort.
  • ALWAYS place aligners in the cases provided when they are not in your mouth!
  • Do NOT wrap aligners in a napkin; they may be thrown away by accident.
  • Do NOT place trays in pockets without case, this may cause aligners to break.
  • Do NOT leave trays sitting out for pets to chew on.
  • Do NOT set trays on a table at a restaurant.
  • Do NOT throw away any aligners; keep them until end of treatment.
  • Do NOT chew gum with aligners.
  • In the situation that an aligner is lost, or broken ALWAYS keep an aligner in your mouth. Try to skip ahead or wear a precious aligner, then call us.
  • Keep aligners away from harsh chemicals, hot vehicles, or boiling water (They are plastic!)
  • Always remove trays by starting from the back.

Additional Invisalign Information

Your teeth may begin to feel slightly loose during treatment, but this isn’t anything to worry about; this is completely normal and just a sign that your teeth are moving toward their intended position. When your treatment is over, you may need to wear additional aligners to refine the final tooth position. While that scenario will be included in your original fee, any non-compliant wear of aligners may result in the need for a new scan and extra fees.

Contact Your Thornhill and Mississauga Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about our Invisalign treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us or check out our Invisalign FAQ. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call at (905) 820-6511 for our Mississauga office or (905) 763-9098 for our Thornhill office. We look forward to hearing from you and treating you to a straighter and healthier smile!