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7 Invisalign Hacks

Updated: Nov 29, 2019



In the last year alone, dentists have prescribed Invisalign to straighten the smiles of over 900,000 people. Over 6 million people worldwide have used Invisalign's clear aligners to transform their smiles discreetly. Over the years, those undergoing orthodontic treatment with clear aligners have figured out many hacks. Here are 7 hacks to make your Invisalign treatment easier.


1. Switch aligners at night time.

Clear aligners move teeth by applying pressure and creating slight movement. The treatment involves progress through a series of aligner trays until the final result is achieved. It is common to feel discomfort and even a slight headache when switching aligners. Changing to the next set of aligners right at bedtime can help to drop the discomfort associated with progressing to the next set of trays. By the morning, the aligners should feel much more comfortable.

Use a timer to track how long the aligners are out.

2. Set a timer.

The convenience of Invisalign treatment is that the aligner trays are removable. However, for the treatment to work effectively, the aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day. A timer can help patients ensure they're hitting this mark by keeping track of how much time has passed since the retainers were removed for eating. Forgetting to put the aligners back will delay the progress towards a beautiful straight smile.


3. Use a removal tool.

Speaking of removing the trays, it can be quite difficult to get them out with just one's fingers and nails. The aligner trays are designed to fit snugly against your teeth. There are special tools designed to help patients remove their clear aligners for eating.


An app can help keep track of Invisalign treatment.

4. Download an app.

There are several apps available to help patients keep track of their treatment. The app can help remind you when it is time to switch to the next set of clear aligners. Many of the apps also have the option to track the progress of your smile with photos. The app will show the estimated treatment end date. It can be a great motivation tool to push patients to wear their clear aligners as recommended.


5. Carry a travel-size dental hygiene kit.

Invisalign trays must be removed for eating and drinking (except water). Any food particles left on the teeth when the patient puts the trays back will stay there for an extended amount of time. Patients must brush before inserting their aligners to prevent tooth sensitivity and cavities. It's easier to stay on top of brushing and flossing after eating if you've already got a kit handy. Be prepared by carrying a toothbrush, a travel-sized toothpaste, and dental floss.


Always carry a case for the aligner trays.

6. Always keep a case handy.

Dentists report Invisalign trays often have to be replaced because they were thrown away by accident. Avoid this problem by properly storing the clear aligners in a case every time they are removed for eating or drinking.


7. Hang on to old trays.

After a couple of weeks of use, the aligners can get pretty gross. But, it's recommended to keep your previous set of clear aligners. If a tooth is not moving as expected or if the patient loses the current set of aligners, he/she may need to go back. Wearing the older set of aligners while waiting for a replacement can prevent the bite from regressing.

If you have tips or hacks for Invisalign treatment, leave them down below!

Did you know Dental Grants of Canada provides Grants for Invisalign treatment? Apply today and get the smile you've always wanted, for less.


If you have tips or hacks for Invisalign treatment, leave them down below!


Did you know Dental Grants of Canada provides Grants for Invisalign treatment? Apply today and get the smile you've always wanted, for less.




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