General Care Instructions

For the first few days, speaking may be different with the aligners. To learn how to speak with them, talk more or read aloud.

Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Wear each set of aligners for two weeks, unless otherwise instructed. Always save your last set of aligners when you upgrade to the next set. 

You may feel pressure or soreness on some of your teeth each time you wear the new set of aligners. The pressure may last for a few days. Please refer to Emergency Care to learn more about how to manage discomfort.

Invisalign Tips by Invisalign

Filing Invisalign Tray

If you need to smooth any edges of your Invisalign tray because it is uncomfortable, you can do so with a nail file exactly like in the video.

Take your aligners out for eating, brushing, and flossing. We recommend taking your aligners out for drinking most beverages, otherwise, you might risk distorting your aligner from hot drinks, damage to your teeth from acidic drinks such as soda, orange juice, and wine, staining your aligner from coffee, tea, or soda, or cavities from sugary drinks such as fruit juice.

If you cannot take your aligners out for drinking, it is better to drink by straw and rinse your mouth and your aligners right after. You don’t need to rinse your mouth after drinking water. 

Always keep your aligners in their case whenever they are not in your mouth. Keep your aligners out of reach of your pets. They love to chew on them! Invisalign aligners are breakable, so be careful with them when they are not in your mouth.

If you misplace, break or lose your current aligner, try to fit your next set of aligners. If they don’t fit, wear your previous and call us. Do not leave aligners in the car because the heat may distort the aligner. Losing your attachments is not an emergency. Just keep your next appointment. We may or may not replace it on your next visit.

Cleaning Instructions

Brushing will remove plaque and eliminate odors. Brush your aligners at least once a day. Use a soft brush and liquid soap. Do not use toothpaste on your aligner. Micro scratches caused by toothpaste will stain your aligner. Rinse them thoroughly with warm (not hot) water. 

Efferdent®, Retainer Brite® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but they do not take the place of brushing. Never put them in a dishwasher. Never use any bleaching detergent.