Invisalign treatment will change your life.

You’re about to embark on your Invisalign journey of a lifetime.  You’ve spent good money and are about to invest considerable time in getting your perfect smile.  So, what you want is for this experience to go as smoothly as possible.

Luckily, I’ve seen the mishaps that people make during their Invisalign treatment. The good news is these are easily avoidable!  Let me save you a lot of time and energy with my top tips and tricks to make sure you don’t make these mistakes.

Follow these 5 simple steps and have an EPIC Invisalign treatment:

  1. Always keep your case with you

invisalign case - invisalign tips

You’re going to be wearing your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours per day throughout your treatment. This leaves you with 40 minutes, three times per day to eat and put the aligners back in.

But where do you put your aligners when you’re not wearing them?


This is what happens if you don’t…. Your dog bites them, the waiter takes away the napkin with them in, they are stood on, lost behind the back of the sofa, thrown in the bin, fall out of your pocket, bent when you’ve sat on them…. You get the idea.

Don’t be the patient who comes back to the surgery and tells your dentist you’ve lost them. You’ll make them cry.

  1. Don’t throw away your last aligners

And this follows on beautifully from the last point.

Occasionally an aligner gets lost or broken and a patient rings me panicking that their teeth will move back.

This can and will happen but we have a solution.

Put your previous aligner in straight away and calmly call us. We’ll simply order the new aligner and it’ll be with us in a few days.

Wearing your last aligner could be the difference between losing a week or month of your Invisalign treatment!

  1. Use ‘Chewies’

invisalign chewies - invisalign tips

No, do not chew gum in your aligners.

Chewies are your friend and can be bought cheaply from eBay.

Here’s why they’re important:

The Invisalign aligners aren’t designed to fit perfectly when first inserted. They’re a little “off” as your teeth will move into the position of the new aligner.

So when you first change aligners they’ll feel tight and achy, but by the end of the week a lot easier. Following?

Every time you put an aligner in, especially at the beginning of the week it may not seat perfectly, therefore not work properly.

This is where chewies come in…

Once your aligner is inserted you’ll hear that click. After that, grab a chewie and bite on it between the back right teeth. Move and then bite the chewie along every couple of teeth until you get all the way to the back left side.

This will ensure the aligners are exactly where they should be and we get optimal results with your Invisalign treatment.

  1. Invest in a nail file

invisalign nail file - invisalign tips

Invisalign aligners are manufactured with precision accuracy.

However, very occasionally there may be a sharp edge or rough area that can dig in your tongue or gum.

With a nail file, you can gently smooth these edges and easily relieve any uncomfortable areas. It will save you an unnecessary trip to the dentist.

  1. Brush your teeth after every meal

The aligners can act as a food reservoir. After you’ve eaten food can become lodged in the fissures on the biting surfaces of your teeth.

If you’re not wearing aligners, this isn’t a problem as saliva will generally wash it away.

However, your aligners will stop the food being washed away and there’s a risk it will sit on your teeth for many hours. This can then cause cavities.

After a meal brush your teeth. Simple.

Did you know… 75% of patients would benefit from Invisalign treatment.

For more information about Invisalign in Bournemouth, Poole or the Dorset area please follow the link.


Dr Gareth Edwards Dentist AuthorDr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) is Bournemouth and Poole based dentist who qualified from dental school with honours. He has a keen interest in orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry and is a certified Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider. For more information click here.


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