- Each Aligner should be worn at least 22 hours per day for two weeks (14-15 days).
- We suggest you to wear the Aligner all the time except while eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling aligners.
- We recommend when it is time for your next aligner, that you place new aligners at night before bed. This helps to alleviate the initial discomfort that you may experience.
- After removal, rinse immediately with water, shake off excess and store your aligners in the protective case provided to you.
- You may insert either the upper or lower aligner first.
- When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over your front teeth.
- Then apply equal pressure, using your fingertips, to the tops of your left and right molars(back teeth) until the aligner snaps into place.
- Gently push the aligner into place.
- DO NOT BITE your aligners into position, this may damage them.
Chewies- Aligner tray seaters
Chewies help seat your aligners correctly onto your teeth. They can be reused so please do not throw them away.
To remove your aligners, use your ﬁngers, starting on one side at the molars (back teeth) and slowly work your way around to the other side lifting gently.
NOTE: Use care in removing your aligners, DO NOT use any sharp object to remove the aligners.
Aligner Retrieval tool
To help you remove your aligners if you have short or soft nails
- Proper oral hygiene is a must. Aligners should be cleaned every day with a soft toothbrush and cold running water, morning and night.
- During the day, rinse your mouth and aligners with water to remove any remaining food, after you eat.
- No matter which option you choose, make sure you give your teeth and aligners a good brush before you go to bed.
Avoid the following:
- DO NOT use toothpaste/denture cleaners/mouthwash or any extreme cleansers on your aligners.
- It will make your aligners become cloudy and less clear.
- Never expose your Aligner to heat to clean or sterilize; heat will distort the appliance and it will not fit correctly.
- It is vital to store your aligners in their case when not wearing them.
- Please do not put your aligners in a tissue or pocket as they may be thrown out or break.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets!
- CAD/CAM 3D printed transition models are provided (Patients are liable to keep them all till the final stage of the treatment)
Lost or damage
- In the event that an aligner is lost or broken, you should immediately inform your doctor.
- Your doctor will probably tell you to start wearing your last set or next set of aligners immediately.
- He or she will possibly order you a new set of aligners to replace the ones you just lost, which should arrive in a few days.
Tooth coloured or clear attachment buttons attached to your teeth are essential to aid the aligners in moving your teeth properly. You can hardly see them.
Note: If one of the composite attachments breaks off on its own, get it replaced (rebonded) immediately.
- This guide explains how to read your aligner bags and aligners, to ensure you are wearing the correct ones.
- To help avoid confusion, each aligner is marked with your unique case number, the stage number, followed by a “U” for upper and an “L” for lower arch.