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How to look after your invisible aligners

When it comes to wearing invisible aligners, there are some things that people who are new to wearing them need to know.

For starters, they are removable, which means you can take them out and put them back in as and when you need to. And while your dentist will be able to advise you on how many hours per day you will need to wear them, for most people, the required time is about 22 hours per day.

But how do you ensure that you look after your aligners correctly and that you will as a result get the most out of the treatment? Read on to find out.

Download the app

When it comes to wearing Invisalign Ryde, one of the most important things you need to do to look after your invisible aligners is to download the app. This will allow you to stay in close contact with your dentist or orthodontist and will help them to ensure that these aligners are working correctly and that of course if there are any issues that they can spot, you will be called into the surgery. In order for the app to work properly, you need to send your dentist photos of your smile via the app once a week.

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Clean the aligners

It’s worth noting that while these aligners are removable, they do need to be cleaned. Not in exactly the same way as fitted metal braces, but in order to ensure that your oral health remains in good condition, whilst using aligners, it is advisable to rinse them under a cold water tap. Alternatively, you can purchase a soak to place them in for around 15 minutes twice a day if you want them to have a minty fresh taste.

Keep up with hygiene

As mentioned earlier, you can remove invisible aligners but this does not mean you can lapse in your dental hygiene. In order to ensure that you get the most out of these aligners, you will need to brush your teeth before putting them in, especially if you have just consumed a meal or a sugary beverage. This will help to reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease, as both of these issues are helped by the presence of saliva in the mouth. But due to the barrier of the aligners, the saliva will be less accessible to the teeth, so be sure to keep up with dental hygiene.

Take pain relief

To ensure that you wear the aligners for the appropriate time each day, it is useful to have pain relief on hand. While aligners do not require altering or adjusting in the same way that braces do, they are required to apply pressure to your teeth in order to move them. So, in order for you to ensure that they are working correctly, you should invest in pain relief and take it as and when required.

Carry cases are a must!

When you are given your aligners, they will come with a carry case. In order to protect them against external damage which can cause them to warp out of shape, when they’re not in your mouth, you should place them into the carry case.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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