Before we start discussing replacing Invisalign aligners, we want to start with what the appliance is and what it actually does.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, are an orthodontic treatment that uses transparent, plastic trays to adjust the position of the teeth.
What does Invisalign do?
Each aligner puts pressure in the right place to allow the teeth to move. After the teeth have moved, you will then use a new aligner which moves the teeth further. The process is repeated until you have used all the aligners in the series and achieved your perfect smile.
Invisalign can fix a variety of dental problems, from crooked teeth to more serious problems such as an overbite or underbite.
Replacing my clear aligners
Just like normal braces, Invisalign needs to be adjusted (or changed) every few weeks. Instead of tightening the wires though, you are handed a new tray which will move your teeth more.
Our orthodontists recommend that patients change their aligners every to days to 2 weeks. During this time, you should wear your aligners for approximately 22 hours per day. This means you will have to wear it day and night.
You have to remove your clear aligners when eating or drinking, but they must be put back in as soon as possible. You will also need to brush your teeth and clean your aligner after eating and drinking, before putting your aligner back in.The more you wear your aligners, the quicker your treatment will go. Remember you can drink water with your aligners in, so stay hydrated.
What do I do if my aligners break?
If you are due to move onto your next tray in the series then we suggest you move onto that aligner sooner. If you’ve just started a new aligner then it may be that you have to contact the practice who will order you a new alinger and advise you further.