Clear Aligner Q and A

Q: Aren’t all aligners Invisalign® brand?  

A: NOPE! Just like all sneakers aren’t Nike! It’s the ORTHODONTIST who make the case successful, NOT the dentist or the brand of aligner that matters!

Q:  When should I wear my aligners?

Invisalign Q & AA:  Please wear your aligners 22-24 hours per day that includes when you are awake and asleep.

Q:  When should I take my aligners out?

A:  Take them out to eat and for brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Q:  What foods can I eat with clear aligners?

A:  You can eat all of your favorite foods.  Yes, ALL of them!

Q:  What do I do if I lose a clear aligner?

A:  If you lose an aligner, let us know so we can coach you on what to do next!

Q:  How do I clean my aligners?

A:  Please clean your aligners with water and your toothbrush. Brush your teeth. Brush your aligners.  Easy.  In fact, aligners are even easier to clean than teeth because you don’t have to floss them!

Q:  Where should I keep my aligners?

A:  Please keep your aligners in the case provided so you always know where they are and so they don’t get accidentally lost, misplaced or damaged. If they are not in your face, they are in you case!

Q:  What do I do if I didn’t get to wear my aligner as much as I planned and my appointment is coming up?

A:  It’s okay.  We understand that life happens.  But please, get yourself back on the right track and bump up your wear to 22-24 hours per day.  Once you feel like you have worn your aligner for one full week, switch to the next one. And make sure to keep your appointment with our office.  We’ll be happy to schedule your next appointment so that you are back on schedule with aligner wear. You can do this!

Straightening teeth with clear aligners is a wonderful innovation in the specialty of orthodontics! It’s so exciting that you are considering clear aligners for your smile. Let us help you!