A system made of a series of clear plastic removable consecutive trays that are tailor-made specifically to fit your teeth
These are the “bumps” cemented on your teeth that enable Dr. Walt to manipulate complicated movements of your teeth into the place he wants them.
Not everyone has buttons—but they are required for elastic wear. They are little silver circles (that look like buttons!) so elastics can hook on to them.
Simply, rubber bands. They are attached to hooks on your Invisalign® trays, and buttons cemented on your teeth.
A highly accurate digital impression that we send to Invisalign® to make your aligners.
Top 10 Invisalign® Rules
What should I do if:
Use your chew sticks!! Chew and massage those aligners/attachments as best you can! You can try going into your next aligner. If you do not have your next aligner, go into your previous aligner and let us know. That is why it is so important to keep your previous aligner.
Sometimes one of your aligners may not fit snug over your back molars. In this circumstance the aligners may feel “bouncy”. Not to worry, there is an easy solution. Remove the affected aligner and gently bend the plastic down/up towards the teeth. While it is rare for aligners to bounce it can, and does happen from time to time. If the aligners are still not fitting well, please call the office.
Use your chew sticks! Chew and massage those aligners/attachments as best you can! You can try going into your next aligner. If you do not have your next aligner, go into your previous aligner and let us know. That is why it is so important to keep your previous aligner.
This is completely normal! Your teeth are beginning to shift, and your mouth has to get used to the Invisalign® aligners. You should rinse with warm salt water to prevent any infection. If your aligners are too sharp you can file the sharp spot with the Walt Orthodontics file we provided at your first appointment—but we do suggest trying to tough it out!
If you lose your aligner, you can try going into your next aligner. If it does not fit, you should go back into your previous aligner for an extra few days, and then try your next aligner again. If the aligner you lost is your last aligner you can go back into the last aligner you wore.
If your aligner is too loose, you should try going into your next aligner. If it does not fit, you can try going into the next one after that. If you can’t find an aligner that fits, go back into the last aligner that does fit and give our office a call to let us know.
If your aligner is too tight you should go back into your previous aligner and wear it for an extra couple of days. Try again and use your chew sticks!
If your aligner is cracked you should try going into your next aligner. If the aligner that is cracked is your last aligner and you do not have your next aligner, go into your previous aligner and let us know.
Continue wearing that aligner full time for a minimum of 7 days. After wearing this aligner, you may reduce wear to nights only (10 – 12 hours/day) until you see us for an appointment.
Do not move forward onto any further aligners until you have had your next appointment. If, for any reason, you lose or break this aligner, please go back to your previous aligner.
You can continue wearing your aligners like usual if an attachment breaks/falls off. Please contact us as soon as you realize an attachment is broken and you will have to let us know two important details:
- What number aligner are you in?
- If it is an upper attachment or a lower attachment.
We will have to order a new template from Invisalign, which takes roughly one week to arrive. Depending on when your next visit with Dr. Walt is, we will determine whether we will put the attachment back on at your next visit or if we need to have you come in sooner. We do not need you to bring the piece that has broken off.
If you are wearing elastics on both sides, and a button comes off on one side please continue to wear your elastic on the other side until you are seen to re-cement the broken button. This is not an emergency but is something that should be fixed.
Unfortunately, Dr. Walt needs to see you at your regular scheduled appointments, so you have to be the one to pick up your aligners. If you cannot make your appointment, stay in your last aligner and we will do our best to get you in as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee after school/evening appointments, but we will do our best to accommodate a time that is convenient for you.
Aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day! There is no reason to take aligners out for sports. The only time aligners should be taken out is during eating and toothbrushing! And don’t forget—if the aligners are not in your face, they are in the case!
If you are having dental work done please let us know!
The following are some common procedures and what you should do:
Once your fillings are complete, your aligners may not fit. Try your Invisalign® aligners once the filling is complete. If your aligners do not fit, let us know ASAP! We will have to rescan you to order new aligners.
After having extractions, your aligners should still fit. For wisdom teeth extractions, you can cut off the “last tooth” on the tray where your wisdom teeth used to fit in. Call us and let us know about any extractions. As long as your aligners are fitting, we can scan you at your next appointment (if necessary) to order new aligners.