Invisalign Care Guide

Welcome to the Invisalign family at McDermott Orthodontics! Invisalign clear aligners are a convenient and discreet way to straighten your teeth, but to ensure the success of your treatment, it is vital to follow this care guide. Here’s everything you need to know:

Wearing Your Aligners:

  • Wear them 20-22 hours a day: Only remove them for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing.
  • Follow the schedule: Switch to a new set of aligners as directed by Dr. McDermott, usually every 1-2 weeks.

Cleaning Your Aligners:

  • Rinse Regularly: Rinse the aligners with cold water every time you remove them to keep them fresh.
  • Brush and Rinse: Use a soft toothbrush and gentle soap to clean your aligners. Avoid using toothpaste, as it may scratch the aligners.
  • Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals: These can be purchased at our office for deep cleaning as needed.
  • Avoid Hot Water: It can warp the plastic.

Eating and Drinking:

  • Remove When Eating: Always take your aligners out before eating or drinking anything other than water.
  • Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages: Certain substances may discolor your aligners. Consult with Dr. McDermott for specific guidance.

Storing Your Aligners:

  • Use the Case: Always store your aligners in the provided case when not in use to avoid loss or damage.
  • Keep Away from Pets: Pets are attracted to the material and may chew on them.

Handling Aligners:

  • Be Gentle: Use care when inserting and removing your aligners to prevent damage.

Monitoring Your Progress:

  • Regular Check-ups: Attend all scheduled appointments with Dr. McDermott so he can monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments.

What to Expect:

  • Initial Discomfort: It’s normal to feel some discomfort initially as your teeth begin to shift. It usually subsides within a few days.
  • Speech Changes: You may notice slight changes in your speech initially, but this typically resolves quickly as you become accustomed to the aligners.

In Case of Emergency:

  • Contact Our Office Immediately: If you lose or break an aligner, contact McDermott Orthodontics right away. Do not attempt to fix them yourself.

Invisalign is an effective and convenient way to achieve the smile of your dreams, but it requires your commitment to the care guidelines. At McDermott Orthodontics, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your Invisalign treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team at McDermott Orthodontics. Together, we’ll ensure your journey to a beautiful smile is a smooth and successful one.

Call Now Button