Here are some tips to help you use your clear aligners properly and avoid damaging it.
Putting in your aligner
Removing your aligner
Proper oral hygiene
Storing your aligners
There is a purple carrying box for your aligner in the starter pack. We recommend storing your aligner in a protective case, as this will provide protection from damage and loss.
Store both aligners you are using in the carrying box.
When it's time to move on to the next set of aligners, seat the previous aligners to their corresponding models. Store away the aligners you have just replaced with new ones. If you loose or break your current aligner, your doctor may advise you to temporarily switch back and use the previous aligner until a replacement aligner is made.
Note: Store all old aligners and models in a clean plastic bag or follow your doctor's instructions. Keep the aligners out of the reach of small children and animals.
Question: What is a treatment step and how long does it last?
Answer: Treatment takes place in steps. One set of aligners is needed for each step. One step lasts 2 weeks. Your dentist can sometimes adjust the length of step as needed.
Question: Is aligner treatment painful?
Answer: Most people experience some pain for a few days after changing the aligner. It's natural and it means that the aligner works and moves your teeth to the right place. This pain gradually disappears after a few days. If not, call your doctor.
Question: Will wearing an aligner affect my speech?
Answer: Like any orthodontic treatment, aligners can temporarily affect your speech and you can speak with a slight lisp for a day or two. When your tongue gets used to the presence of the aligner in your mouth, the subtle lisp disappears.
Question: What should I do if my new aligner does not cover my teeth completely?
Answer: Subtle discrepancies between the new aligner and the current position of the teeth are normal, as it takes a while for the teeth to adjust to the aligner. If the problem persists, contact your doctor.
Question: Are there any restrictions on food while wearing aligners?
Answer: Not at all. Unlike traditional braces, you can eat and drink anything you like because you will have aligners removed before eating.
Question: Is it possible to drink hot and cold drinks with aligners?
Answer: Cold drinks yes, but hot drinks are not recommended, as they could cause stains or bend the aligner.
Question: May I chew gum with aligners on?
Answer: No, it is not recommended because the chewing gum sticks to the aligner.
Question: Does smoking or chewing tobacco stain the aligner?
Answer: Yes, smoking or chewing tobacco can stain the aligner, so it is not recommended.
Question: Why do some of my aligners have lumps and ridges?
Answer: Depending on your individual treatment plan, some planned movements may require the use of attachments or bite ramps. These increase the grip of the aligners on the teeth. These lumps and grooves copy the places where your dentist will place the attachments. These attachments are actually small pieces of white filling material attached to your teeth. Your dentist may choose to use some or all of these elements to achieve the desired result.
Question: What if I lose or break the aligner?
Answer: If you lose or break your aligner, tell your doctor immediately. Your doctor will probably advise you to use the previous or next set of aligners. He will then order a new set of aligners, which should be delivered within a few days.
Question: What if an attachment falls off or brakes?
Answer: If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.
Note: If you have any further questions, ask your doctor.
Warning: In very rare cases, some patients may be allergic to the plastic material from which the aligner is made. In this case, stop using the aligner, consult your doctor and inform the manufacturer.
Orthodontic appliances or their parts may be accidentally swallowed or inhaled.
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First published: 1st August 2021
Last modified: 25th February 2022