Invisalign® Basics

invisalign logoInvisalign® is a teeth-straightening system that uses a custom-made series of aligners designed specifically for each patient that can be used to straighten teeth without the use of metal brackets or wires. When you choose Miami Orthodontic Specialists as your Invisalign provider, Dr. Garcia will take impressions of your teeth and then work with 3-D computer-based software to plan out your tooth movement. Invisalign is an esthetic alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment methods. Call to schedule your complimentary appointment today to see if Invisalign aligners can help you perfect your smile.

Invisalign® Instructions

Wearing Your Aligners

  • Your aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day to be effective.
  • Clench into the aligners occasionally to ensure seating pressure and tooth moving pressure.
  • Remove your aligners while eating or drinking anything that is not cold water.
  • Avoid drinking anything with sugar while your aligners are in your mouth. The sugar will be trapped against your teeth and may cause cavities.
  • You will be given two cases for your Invisalign trays. The blue case holds the set of aligners which you are currently wearing. The red case is intended to hold the set of aligners that you just finished wearing.
  • Keep your aligners in the case whenever they are not in your mouth.
    • Please remember to keep the case out of reach of small children and pets.
    • Avoid wrapping the aligners in a tissue or paper towel. If you do not, you may end up throwing them out by mistake.
  • Do not skip or accelerate the change of aligners. Doing so may actually delay your treatment progression.

Cleaning Your Aligners

  • Clean your aligners gently with a toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste or a gentle soap in lukewarm water.
  • Keep trays away from boiling water, the dishwasher, bleach and other commercial cleansers.

Additional Tips

  • If you lose or break an aligner, go back to wearing your previous aligner. Be sure to call our office right away so that we can order a replacement.
  • Your general dentist should not remove any of the composite attachments on your teeth (the tooth-colored bumps that your invisalign trays snap into).
  • During your invisalign treatment, you should consult our office prior to receiving dental restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.), as they may affect the fit of your clear aligners.