Invisalign is a great way to achieve straighter teeth without the use of braces. However, removing the aligners can be a bit tricky. Invisalign provides a tool to help with removal, but sometimes the aligners can still be difficult to take out. Here are some handy tips by Invisalign 2 U to help remove your Invisalign aligners:
Use your thumb and index finger:
Grip the aligner with your thumb and index finger on either side of the aligner. Gently pull the aligner away from your teeth while using your tongue to help push the aligner down. This method works best if the aligner is not too tight and if you have long nails. Your thumb and index finger should be at a 90-degree angle when gripping the aligner. You can also use this method to put the aligner back in.
Try using Invisalign’s removal tool:
Invisalign provides a handy tool to help with removal. The tool has a small hook on one end that you use to grip the aligner. Gently pull the aligner away from your teeth while using the tool. This method is best if the aligner is tight and you have short nails. Invisalign’s removal tool can be found online or at your orthodontist’s office. It is a small, inexpensive plastic tool that is easy to use. Your Invisalign treatment will come with a few of these tools.
Wrap floss around your index fingers and insert the floss under the aligner. Gently pull the floss up and over the aligner while using your tongue to help push the aligner down. This method works best if you have long nails. You can also use this method to put the aligner back in. Floss helps to loosen the aligner and is gentle on your teeth and gums. This can be an easy way to remove the aligner if it is not too tight.
Ask someone for help:
If you are having trouble removing the aligner, ask someone for help. They can use their thumb and index finger or Invisalign’s removal tool to help remove the aligner. Make sure they have washed their hands and use gentle pressure when removing the aligner. They should go slowly to avoid damaging your teeth or gums. Remember to brush and floss after removing the aligner to avoid plaque buildup. You should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day to avoid lengthening your treatment time.
See your orthodontist:
If you are having trouble removing the aligner, see your orthodontist. They can remove the aligner for you and may be able to adjust it so it is easier to remove. If you have difficulty removing your invisalign, it may be due to a poor fit. In this case, your orthodontist can make the necessary adjustments. For example, they may adjust the position of the aligner or add spacers to make it easier to remove. You should see your orthodontist every few weeks to ensure the aligners are fitting properly.
Use a toothpick:
Grip the aligner with your thumb and index finger on either side of the aligner. Insert a toothpick under the aligner and gently pry the aligner up while using your tongue to help push down. This method is best if there is a small gap between your teeth and the aligner. Be careful not to damage your gums with the toothpick. For example, you can use a toothpick with a soft, rounded tip to ensure that you do not damage your aligners
It is easier to remove your Invisalign when you have a dryer mouth. This is because there is less saliva to lubricate the aligners. You can also try sucking on a straw or chewing sugar-free gum to help produce saliva. Dry mouth can also help to reduce plaque buildup.
To sum it up
Removing your Invisalign aligners can be tricky, but with these seven tips, you will be a pro in no time! Just remember to be gentle when removing the aligners and to brush and floss after removal to avoid plaque buildup. If you are having difficulty removing the aligner or it is causing pain, see your orthodontist. They can help to adjust the aligner or make any necessary changes. It is important to keep your aligners clean and free of debris to ensure that they are working properly. Relax and take your time when removing the aligners to avoid damaging your teeth or gums. With a little practice, you will be able to remove your Invisalign aligners like a pro.