Your Invisalign

Congratulations on receiving your first set of Invisalign trays! You are one step closer to getting the smile you’ve always wanted. Please follow the following instructions to ensure that you stay on track with your treatment.

Invisalign Instructions:

You must wear your trays 22/23 hours a day for optimal movement. This is the most important part of your treatment to see the results you desire.

We recommend you download the MyInvisalign app to ensure optimal compliance with daily wear and to gain access to Clinchecks. You can download the MyInvisalign app on the AppStore or Google Play Store.

To access the MyInvisaling app you can scan a QR code located on your tray packs. This should redirect you to ensure that it will be your information in the app

Please follow the instructions given by the doctor in regards to when to change to the next tray. This should also be written on the Invisalign box at your delivery trays appointment.

If you feel as if your trays are not fitting when moving forward to the next tray it is okay to stay on the previous tray for 5-7 days longer.

You may drink water with the trays on. We recommend refraining from drinking coffee or any other harshly colored liquid with the trays on.

Always keep your previous tray in the case you lose your current tray.

Your Attachments:

Attachments are small composite dots bonded on certain teeth to help with their movement.

You can think of these as a grip that the aligners hold on to create more efficient movement.

These are not very visible when the aligners are not on the teeth.

Throughout your treatment, we may add more or remove attachments.

These will be removed towards the end of treatment.

If you ever see any discoloration to these attachments feel free to let us know and we would be able to clean them at your next appointment.
Invisalign FAQ

Q: What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are plastic trays that are worn in sequential order. Each tray guides the teeth into a slightly straighter position, just as the wires do with braces. Invisalign trays must be worn full time, 22 hours a day. The 3D scan taken on the patient is used to align the teeth digitally, which then creates stages for the teeth aligning.

Q: What are attachments?

In order for the teeth to track well with the aligners, clear composite attachments are bonded to the teeth. They are not visible when the trays are not on and help the trays snap on and fit better. In some cases, attachments may not be needed.

Q: How often are my appointments?

Appointments will be scheduled depending on the number of Invisalign trays you were given and how often you are changing them. Typically we have patients switch trays a week, and Invisalign gives 10-100 trays per refinement. We will sometimes see you for evaluation appointments to ensure you are tracking and wearing the trays correctly.

Q: What happens when I am finished with my last Invisalign tray?

If you are wearing the last Invisalign tray in the current refinement box, your next appointment with us will be to scan your teeth for more trays. This is called a refinement scan, and on the following visit you will pick up a new Invisalign refinement box. If you are completed with treatment, we schedule to remove your attachments and give you removable Essix retainers.

Q: What happens if my Invisalign trays are not fitting?

Each new tray will move teeth, so it will fit well after some wear. Using Chewies is helpful for getting the trays to fit better. If the trays are not being worn full time as instructed, teeth may begin to lag and the trays won’t fit well. If trays cannot be made to fit better with longer wear, then a new scan would be taken for new trays. 

Q: What if I lose my aligners?

It’s important to always place them in the case to avoid losing them. If you do not have trays you must let us know as soon as possible. Typically new trays would be picked up once ordered from Invisalign, this waiting time is about 2 weeks. We would recommend wearing the last tray that was worn before the lost one. This would prevent the teeth from shifting unpredictably. 

Q: Do you offer Invisalign for children?

We do offer Invisalign as a form of both interceptive treatment and comprehensive treatment depending on whether the patient has all of their adult teeth.

Q: Do I still need to see my general dentist?

Yes! While we provide orthodontic treatment we do ask that you continue to see your general dentist every 6 months for checkups and cleanings.

Q: What are my rubber bands for?

Rubberbands, also known as elastics, are used to help correct the malocclusion of the bite. Some patients are class II with a large overjet, and some are class III with little to no overjet. Depending on the changes needed, rubber bands are worn in specific directions. With tryas the rubber bands may be worn off of buttons bonded to the teeth, or from precision cuts made into the trays. They do need to be worn all of the time, with the exception of when you eat or brush your teeth. Teeth require constant force to move, and if elastics are not worn well there may be limitations to the end result.