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Is Your Invisalign Not Tracking?

Clear aligners are delicate and strong. They perform a set task to move teeth. In some cases, the movement called ‘TRACKING’ will not be enough and show up on the scans as in need of checking. Your orthodontist will know what to do. Below we list some signs of bad movement. And common reasons why your clear aligners are not tracking properly. Let’s crack on…

Why is Invisalign Treatment Not Moving my Teeth Properly?

Your treatment plan may be inefficient. Or teeth don’t move as fast as your orthodontist thought and may need revision. When your treatment is not performing as intended, removing the aligner is necessary. Do this until your provider has rectified the situation.

How Can I Fix Invisalign Tracking Issues?

Chewing Exercises – The use of Invisalign chewies and chew exercises are essential for the right positioning of aligner liners. The smallest chewiest are made from soft, flexible materials similar to cotton. Just chew on the trays for about 10 minutes after they are placed.

This step will be especially important when switching alignment devices. When you use the new tray during resuscitation, you’ll have the teeth firmly anchored to the underlying tissue which is more susceptible to bruising.

By chewing Invisalign’s chewing gum, you can place it comfortably onto your teeth.

How do I check Aligners Are Tracking Correctly?

The aligners should have an elastic fit on your gums to prevent rubbing on any area of your tooth. There should be a slight defect between the teeth that will secure them  around the edges of your teeth.

If the aligner trays seem insufficient in securing a tooth, you may want to consult your provider. To ensure proper tracking, the tray should fit snugly around the teeth without any gaps. It is done by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, which means there will be slight discomfort when the teeth track well. Here is what some Quora users had to say on the matter. 


Possible Causes of Poor Tracking

Does improper tracking mean ineffective treatment? The most likely cause would be wearing them for a short period. You should wear Invisalign trays for a minimal 22 hour period.

This worn-in length isn’t arbitrary at all. Invisalign can be removed by eating, drinking hot liquid, or brushing and flossing. If we let the tooth go for too long our teeth begin to fall back in the same spot.


Non-compliance affects treatment plans and time scales. Non-compliance may result in a revision of the plan by your provider. Follow your orthodontist’s recommended care routine throughout the treatment. This will get maximum efficiency from the devices and bring the result in on time.

  • Clean regularly
  • Remove aligners in a smooth manner
  • Store the aligners away from sunlight
  • Wear your aligners 22 hours a day
  • Keep aligners safe
  • Always attend routine appointments
  • Drink water beverages
  • Cut out smoking and snacking

Use Invisalign Chewies To Seat Your Aligners Properly

Invisalign chewies are the best way to correct the problems. Chewies are soft, flexible rolls of fabric that look like earplugs or cotton rolls. The Invisalign chewy is designed so your aligner is positioned properly.

You chew the pieces for some minutes before putting them on your aligners. By chewing on it, you may have your aligner positioned right behind your teeth. It’s particularly important when switching for new aligners, which can be tighter on your teeth than the old ones.

Wear Your Invisalign Trays For at Least 22 Hours a Day

Invisalign patients must wear aligners at least 22 hours a day is recommended. If you don’t follow your plan, your teeth won’t go where your ortho expects. 

The alignment may track incorrectly, resulting in delays in finishing treatment. Keep wearing aligners for 20-22 days to prevent any damage.

Get a Treatment Revision to Get Back on Track

Your orthodontist may not think you should be able to move your teeth in the same way as he expected, and you may require treatment changes. In cases where treatment is delayed by the wear of alignment devices, treatment revision may also be necessary.

Your doctor will take photos and impressions of the teeth and work with Invisalign to design a new procedure to help keep your aligners in place properly so the aligners are effective.

What About Backtracking?

Backtracking might be a useful tool. When the procedure is wrong because your teeth have not been moved quickly or you wear your aligners improperly, contact your orthodontist for advice.

Backtracking means using the previous aligner tray to complete the stage and allow for the next tray set to work. You will continue to use the old aligners for some time until your teeth have been placed properly.

What Happens if Your Teeth Aren’t Straight After Invisalign?

When you complete Invisalign treatment, you must wear an orthodontic retainer so the teeth are retained. It takes about nine to twelve months to grow bone that stabilizes teeth.


A good oral expert will know what is wrong with the treatment plan. He or she will also know how to implement treatment to maximum effect. And how to use and clean the Invisalign clear aligners.

If you maintain good oral health techniques during the treatment, your smile and bite will become perfect. 

Whether you want to get full orthodontic perfection or to address issues, we can advise you. Get in touch with our orthodontic office today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. McDermott.

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