Life with Invisalign: What you need to know about caring for your aligners


As the premier Invisalign provider in the Fraser Valley, my team and I have perfected thousands of smiles with the system of clear aligners. While the fact that the treatment is virtually invisible is, of course, a huge perk, another important benefit our Surrey, Abbotsford and Langley Invisalign patients love is the convenience. The aligners are removable and there are no brackets and wires getting in the way. However, as stressfree and low maintenance as Invisalign is there are still steps you’ll want to take to keep your smile healthy and your aligners clean. Read on for myInvisalign care tips that will help you make the most out of your treatment.

How does Invisalign work?

First, let’s have a quick refresher on the basics of Invisalign. Invisalign involves a series of clear, BPA-free plastic, removable aligners. Before you kick off treatment, an Aura Orthodontics team member takes a digital scan of your teeth and gums with our iTero® scanner. A computerized, 3D model of your mouth is created based on the scans. Dr. Everett Lin,Dr. Julia Koo or I plan out your treatment directly on the model, moving each individual tooth into place. Invisalign prints out your aligners based on their specifications. Each set of aligners is programmed to achieve certain movements and as you make your way through the trays, your new smile gradually takes shape. When treatment is complete, you’ll wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in their new positions.

Wearing Invisalign

While it can vary depending on your treatment plan, most patients change to a new set of aligners every week. For the best results, I recommend wearing Invisalign aligners for about 20 to 22 hours per day. You will only take your aligners out to brush and floss your teeth and for meals and snacks. You might find you snack less or have to be efficient with certain meals in an effort to wear your aligners for the full amount of time. This is not to say you can’t enjoy leisurely dinners out with friends anymore. A good Invisalign tip is to adjust your day accordingly. If you know you are dining out at night, for example, eat something quick and easy for breakfast Life with Invisalign: What you need to know about caring for your aligners and lunch so you can maximize your time.

Eating and drinking with Invisalign

There are no food restrictions with Invisalign since you will take the aligners out to eat. However, when you first begin treatment and when you put in a new set of aligners, your teeth can be a little bit sensitive. So, similar to what I tell our braces patients, if your teeth are sore, stick with softer foods and cold drinks, including smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes, pasta, yogurt, oatmeal, soft cheeses and things along those lines. The discomfort usually goes away in a day or so and some patients find that it’s not even bad enough to warrant changing their diet. If you do, just consider it an excellent opportunity to splurge on a milkshake. As for drinking with Invisalign, you will need to take your aligners out before drinking anything aside from plain water. Hot beverages, such as coffee, can warp your aligners, which will affect the fit and, ultimately, can impact your results. Additionally, because the aligners fit snug against your teeth, beverages can get trapped between your aligners and your teeth. If they are sugary or dark in color (think coffee, tea or wine), this can increase your odds of tooth decay or staining.

To be continued in the next issue


Dr Vishal Sharma
BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.


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