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Use a soft toothbrush and either water or toothpaste to clean aligners prior to use. Do NOT use denture cleaner or mouthwash on aligners.

Each aligner is marked with either a “U” or an “L” which corresponds to upper and lower, followed by the treatment stage number.

To insert an aligner, gently push it over your front teeth and then use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure over your molars until the aligner snaps into place. Do NOT bite aligners into position as this is likely to damage them.

To remove an aligner, use your fingertip on the inside of the back molar to slowly pull the aligner away from the teeth until it dislodges and can be removed.

Please inform our office staff if you experience any difficulty inserting or removing your aligners.

Aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day for treatment to progress as planned. Three pairs of aligners are provided at each appointment, and each pair of aligners should be worn for a 2 week period. Therefore, appointments will occur at 6 week intervals to evaluate treatment progress and to provide the next series of aligners.

The aligners should be removed prior to eating and drinking (anything other than water) to protect them from damage and to prevent discoloration.

Ideally you should brush and floss after every meal and snack, but if you are unable to do so, rinse your mouth and clean your aligners by holding them under warm running water.

Always store your aligners in the blue case when you are not wearing them to prevent loss or damage.

When starting a new set of aligners, switch to your new set in the evening. Rinse the new aligners and wear them for at least 12 hours straight.

Discomfort caused by the new aligners will usually subside within a few days, but please feel free to take Ibuprofen as needed to alleviate tooth soreness during Invisalign treatment.

Store recently used aligners in the red case as a backup, and keep past aligners in a clean plastic bag in the event they need to be used again.

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