Troubleshooting Invisalign® Aligners

Your Guide to a Smooth Treatment

Invisalign was designed to allow your natural smile to shine through without changing your image or inconveniencing your lifestyle. While it’s a major upgrade from braces, there can be a few drawbacks. Follow along with our guide so you can navigate your treatment with minimal issues and flawless results.

Pros & Cons of Invisalign

Invisalign Issues and How to Fix Them

Invisalign aligners are made from a plastic composite called SmartTrack. Through a series of trays, Invisalign can typically straighten teeth in 12 to 18 months. It may seem simple, but when you consider the metal brackets and wires that come with braces, you can see why the process is precisely planned.

While many patients complete their treatment without any problems, issues can occur, including:

I Forgot to Wear My Aligners 

If you’ve forgotten to wear your aligners, there are a few details you’ll have to consider. If it’s only been one or two days, you can make up for it by wearing your aligners for one or two days longer than expected. If it’s been longer than a week and your teeth have shifted, you’ll want to call our office so we can discuss the next steps. 

Tip: Wearing your aligners is crucial to achieving the desired results. Invisalign recommends wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day to be effective, only taking them out to eat or drink.

I Lost/Broke My Aligners

If you’re nearing the end of your current cycle, you may be able to replace your current set of trays with your next set. If you’re at the beginning of your treatment, you can wear your previous trays and give us a call so we can order you new aligners. 

Tip: Since the trays are clear, they can be hard to keep track of. By keeping your protective case with you, it will be easier to spot them and prevent damage.

I Have Bad Breath

Bad breath is a sign of bacteria buildup in your mouth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If it persists, you’ll want to contact our office so we can get to the bottom of it.

Tip: To ensure your oral health is in optimal condition, you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals. In addition to your regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to brush your aligners when you brush your teeth and rinse the trays under lukewarm water whenever you take them out.

I Can’t Get My Aligners In

When you start a new set of trays, it can be challenging to get them in at first. You may want to try Invisalign Chewies or Movemints to get a better, more comfortable fit. Bite down on the chewy or Movemint in areas where you see air bubbles to close the gap between your aligners and teeth. 

Tip: Wearing your aligners for the recommended time will ensure your aligners fit properly and you’re on track with your treatment. 

I Can’t Take My Aligners Out

When you switch to a new set of aligners, it can be difficult to remove them. You might want to try gripping them with a paper towel or surgical gloves and then taking them out. Some patients prefer to use an Invisalign brace hook.

Tip: We recommend starting your new aligner cycle at night so your teeth can adjust to the aligners while you sleep. When you wake, your teeth will have shifted enough to remove your aligners with ease.

My Teeth and Gums are Sore

It’s normal to experience some discomfort as your teeth adjust to a new set of aligners. Any soreness should be mild and subside within a few days. If you experience prolonged periods of pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grussmark and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Tip: You can manage your discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or by applying a cold compress.

I Sound Funny When I Talk

Talking with a slight lisp is common as you adjust to wearing a new set of aligners. As your tongue gets used to the new aligners in your mouth, you should notice your lisp dissipate.

Tip: Practice speaking more often. Practicing pronunciation with Invisalign will help you overcome your lisp. Many patients notice it goes away within a few hours of beginning the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Invisalign change your face shape?

If you’re using Invisalign to treat crooked teeth or an occlusion such as an overbite or underbite, it can also change your facial features. As your jawline shifts, your features can start to look more symmetrical.

Patients whose lips are protruding as a result of an overbite or are inverted due to an underbite may notice changes as well. Invisalign typically softens these features so they’ll blend in with the natural contours of your face.

Does Invisalign turn teeth yellow?

Without proper care, your aligners or teeth may become stained during Invisalign treatment. There are a few ways you can prevent your pearly whites and trays from becoming discolored, including:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain including wine, berries, dark sodas, coffee, and tea
  • Be sure to clean your teeth before reinserting your trays
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals

In addition to following these guidelines, you’ll want to schedule biannual exams and professional cleanings at our Merrick Park office. During these visits, we’ll remove any plaque and tartar buildup to leave your teeth looking their best.

Does Invisalign affect kissing?

No– You shouldn’t notice a difference. Invisalign is made from a thin material that fits snugly against teeth. If you’re concerned about the aligners getting in the way, let your partner know about them ahead of time.

Then you can get their input and decide if it makes a difference or not. Remember, you should only remove your aligners when you’re eating, brushing, and flossing. Wear time is crucial during your Invisalign treatment.

What is the best age to get Invisalign?

You’ll want to wait until your permanent teeth have grown in before starting Invisalign treatment. This typically occurs around the age of thirteen. During this time, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark to discuss the benefits of Invisalign Teen®.

Setting Your Invisalign Treatment Up For Success

As the only Diamond Plus provider in Dade County and South Florida, Dr. Grussmark completes hundreds of Invisalign cases every year. Each treatment is customized to fit your specific needs. If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (786) 563-4973 and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.

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