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Top tips for using Invisalign

If you have a misalignment as an adult or teenager and are looking for a hassle-free way to correct it, then Invisalign is the way to go. That is if you are suitable for it!

However, as this aligner is removable and is not as well known to many adult patients as traditional braces are, you may want to learn more about your need to care for this aligner before you engage with it. So, this article aims to break down top tips for ensuring that Invisalign works for you.

Keep them in

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The first piece of advice for anybody undertaking invisible braces Sydney is to keep them in. Your dentist will advise you on how many hours per day you need to wear the aligners, but on average, it varies between 22 and 23 hours based on the clinical need. If you do not keep them in the teeth may revert back to their previous positions, and the realignment process itself may halt

Clean them

Invisalign is an extremely straightforward aligner to clean. You simply take it out and rinse it under a cold water tap and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any debris that is attached. While it seems logical to clean off stubborn debris with hot water, do not do this, as the aligners themselves are made from plastic and are likely to warp out of shape, rendering them useless. Cleaning your aligners is also important for your dental hygiene, as it prevents plaque from being pressed against your teeth and gums, which can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Carry them safely

Person Holding Clear Aligner

All aligners come with carry cases, especially Invisalign aligners, and while it is tempting to simply remove them when eating and chuck them into your coat or bag, this is not ideal, as the external pressures can cause them to warp out of shape or even to become more damaged. The carry cases provide the perfect environment to keep them safe, so always ensure that when you are carrying your aligners when out and about, they are in the carry case provided.

Report missing aligners

It is a fact of life that your aligners may become damaged or go missing. If this happens, you need to report this to your dentist so they can order you a replacement as soon as possible. You need to hang on to all of your old aligners during the process; to ensure that you have something to wear while a replacement is being made.

Stay in touch with your dentist

Invisalign is such a popular aligner with adults and teenagers alike because it does not require as many checkups at the dentist or orthodontist as a traditional brace would. However, you will be required to send a photo of your smile at least once a week to your dental team via the Invisalign app. This will help them to ensure that the treatment is going as planned and that any complications are detected early and are, therefore, easier to reverse.


Disclaimer: All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

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