Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis
& Swenson
Eric C. Edstrom & Alex J. Trigonis, DDS, MS
Adam L. Swenson, DMD, MS
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children & Adults 
805.687.5561

Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis & Swenson & Team
Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis
& Swenson

Eric C. Edstrom and Alex J. Trigonis DDS, MS.
Adam L. Swenson DMD, MS

Specialists in Orthodontics for Children & Adults

HELPFUL HINTS FOR YOUR INVISALIGN ALIGNERS

The first couple of days following placement of your aligners will take some patience.  Because your teeth have not yet shifted, the aligners will be extremely snug and difficult to remove.  DO NOT PANIC!  The aligners will come off and, eventually, you won’t need a mirror to remove and replace the aligners.  The following are some helpful hints from members of our team who have had Invisalign treatment.

 

  • When removing the upper aligner, use your right hand to reach over to your left upper molar area.  Firmly grasp the aligner, squeezing the aligner between your index finger and thumb.  Try to pinch the area on the aligner as far back as possible.  Avoid pulling on an area where an attachment is present.  If you have trouble with traction due to saliva, dry the area on the aligner with a tissue or leave the tissue in place through the process.  Once you have a firm hold on the aligner, pull down firmly.  This action will be accompanied by a loud “pop” from your aligner and does not mean that it has been damaged.  Once the molar area is free, slowly continue to peel down the aligner, paying special attention to the areas with attachments (these areas may be a little harder).

 

  • When removing your lower aligner, use your thumbnail to hook under the aligner on the furthest back molar area near the cheek side.  Pull up firmly and the aligner should “snap” off, this too will make a loud “pop”.  Continue to peel up the aligner from molar to molar, paying special attention to the areas with attachments.  If you do not have thumbnails, you can try using the special hooks we have available in the office or even a #2 crochet hook!

 

  • Replace your aligners starting from one molar moving towards the other, snapping in one area at a time. To assure that your aligner is seated properly, press down firmly, making sure that no space exists between each tooth and the aligner.  Once the aligners are seated completely, the patients are encouraged to “gently” clench or bite throughout the day to continue to seat each aligner more and more.

 

  • Many Invisalign patients prefer to switch to the new aligners at night before going to bed.  This will give your teeth time to shift before trying to remove them the next morning.

 

  • Your attachments will take some getting used to.  At first, the attachments may feel rough, but in time, your lips and cheeks will get used to them.

 

  • Once you get used to the initial feel of the aligners, you will see Invisalign treatment is an extremely comfortable and convenient treatment method.  You will soon be on your way to a spectacular smile!