Invisalign orthodontic treatments are quickly becoming standard practices in dental offices. For a good reason, too. They effectively correct crooked teeth, bite complications and issues with spacing.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves absolutely no metal brackets or wires. Invisalign braces are an orthodontic treatment that works to correct smiles by gently shifting teeth by using a series of clear aligner trays. These trays are virtually undetectable and custom to the patient’s oral structure. One feature unique to Invisalign compared to traditional braces is they can be removed and reinserted. In fact, that is one of the reasons they are so successful! These trays are rotated out after a few weeks of consistent wearing.
When To Insert And Remove Your Invisalign
Typically, trays are swapped out every few weeks. Your dentist may recommend you switch your aligners more or less frequently depending on your teeth. Inserting a new tray can definitely be a slightly uncomfortable process. The insertion of a new tray is particularly uncomfortable because your teeth haven’t quite shifted to that position yet. Not to mention, popping the trays in and out of place can be a challenge on its own.
You can also take your trays out to eat and brush your teeth. Taking your trays out to eat and brush your teeth prevents food and bacteria buildup on the teeth and gums. You should take your Invisalign out right before you eat (make sure you put it in its carrying case after!).
Here are a few tips to make the processes or inserting and removing a lot easier and maybe even more comfortable.
Tips On Inserting Your Invisalign
Whenever you are inserting Invisalign aligners, make sure you follow these steps. Regardless of if it’s a new tray or you’re inserting after eating.
Wash your hands
Whenever you will be touching something that goes into your mouth, you should be cleaning your hands from bacteria. When you wash your hands, you avoid introducing these bacteria into an environment they would love but could potentially harm you.
Identify the upper and lower trays
To avoid damaging your Invisalign trays, correctly identify the upper and the lower trays. Upper trays will have a raised “U,” and the lower will have an “L.” You will get more used to identifying the top from the bottom and likely won’t need to check as often.
Gently press until your trays snap into place
Using your hands, align the correct tray with your teeth and gently apply equal pressure to both sides of the tray. You should feel and even hear the tray snap into place. You’ll know they’re in the correct position when you can barely see any of the clear aligners at the bottom. If you see more of the aligner, contact your dentist or orthodontist and speak to them about this issue.
Avoid biting them
Whatever you do, try not to bite them. While you may think biting down on them will help them pop into place, biting can damage the tray. The Invisalign trays are made of a sturdy plastic but too much pressure can damage them. If you damage one of your aligners, you may end up paying for a new one. Unfortunately, if you don’t get it soon, you may end up being set back in your treatment process. All they should need to slide in is gentle pressure from your thumbs.
Take an advil
Finally, take an Advil or other pain medication. Advil is an anti-inflammatory and will help reduce swelling, pain, and discomfort.
Tips To Remove Your Invisalign
Removing your Invisalign can be a challenging process. Invisalign is meant to stay securely in your mouth. In order to remove it, you need to apply unique pressure to specific parts of your Invisalign. Here are a few quick tips to make your process smoother.
Wash your hands
Once again, hand washing is essential if you’re going to be putting your fingers anywhere near your mouth.
Make sure your mouth is warm
It probably isn’t the best idea to try and remove your Invisalign right after drinking ice cold water. Cold water will make the Invisalign trays much more solid than they already are. If you’re having a tough time removing your Invisalign trays, try drinking warm water. The heat from the water may loosen up your aligners which will ease the removal process.
Start at the back of your mouth
From the back of your mouth, give the aligner trays a little bit of a wiggle and loosen the seal at the back. You should pop off one side which will make it a lot easier to remove the other side.
Give it an extra hour
When you attempt to remove your Invisalign right after putting it in, you will be met with a lot of resistance. Your teeth are likely actively shifting and can be difficult and uncomfortable to try and remove. If you can, wait an hour or two more, then try to remove it again.
Take a deep breath
When you relax, your jaw will relax as well. Your relaxed jaw will make it a lot easier to get the liners out of your mouth. Try taking some deep breaths before you take out your Invisalign and in-between attempts. Don’t worry, they will come out.
Don’t forget to clean your Invisalign. Make sure you brush your liners at the same time you brush your teeth. This way, you reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and maintain better oral hygiene.
If you are still having an immense amount of trouble with your aligners, call your dentist to discuss a future plan.
Nicole Howe is a content writer at BreezeMaxWeb. When she isn’t writing, you can find her walking half marathons, biking, or watching Raptors basketball!