How Do I Use Aligners?

Inserting Aligners

For both the top and bottom teeth, always start with your front teeth and then work your way to the back teeth. Gently push down the aligners on to your teeth with your fingers. Do not bite on your aligners as this may cause them to bend or even break.The first time you put in a new aligner it may feel very tight and even “snap” into place. That’s OK!

We would recommend using Aligner Chewies to improve the fit of the new set of aligners on your teeth. They help seat your clear aligners and make them more comfortable in your mouth. Bite on them softly all around for about a minute.

Occasionally you may feel sharp edges touching your gums. If this causes discomfort then we recommend filing down the edges slightly.

The first few days of any new set may feel very tight and cause slight discomfort. We recommend that you switch your set and put them in at night when it's the first time. Any discomfort and pain will likely be gone in the morning as your teeth will have had time to adjust. If the pain or discomfort persists then we recommend taking the aligners out for a short while. Overtime the aligners will start to "relax" around your teeth as your teeth start to move into their desired position.

Removing Aligners

We recommend starting from the very back teeth. Gently push up (for the bottom aligner) or pull down (for the top aligner) with your nail. Please be very careful if you have very short nails! Do not use excessive force to remove the aligners as this may cause your aligners to bend or even break.

Once it releases gently pull the aligner forward away from the other teeth. Release them one tooth at a time.

If you continue to have problems removing your aligners then we recommend Aligner Removal Hooks. These tiny tools will "hook" onto your aligner and make it easier to pull.

Sometimes if your aligners are wet it may be more difficult to pull them. A great tip is to take some tissue paper,  place it over the tooth, and then try to grasp the aligner firmly. The tissue paper will help to increase your grip on the aligner. 

Removing aligners gets easier over time - 1) you'll get used to removing them and 2) your teeth will move into their desired position and hence the tightness will reduce making it easier to grip and release the aligner.

Keeping a regular cleaning routine for your retainer helps eliminate bacteria and plaque buildup. At a minimum, rinse your aligners before you place them in your storage box.

If you have time, then we recommend using either cleaning crystals or applying a little bit of toothpaste to a brush and cleaning the aligners thoroughly everyday. This will ensure that your aligners feel clean and fresh the next time you put them in!

Storing Aligners

After rinsing (and preferably a quick brush) dry your aligners and store your aligners in a suitable protective case.

Remember that the longer you wear your aligners, the quicker and better the results! Aligner users often forget to put their aligners back in straight after eating lunch and dinner.

We recommend leaving your protective case on top of your bag at the office, near the sink at home so that you see it as soon as you clean up your dishes! Or perhaps even set a daily alarm on your phone to remind you to wear them!