Invisalign is a great option when it comes to straightening your teeth. Through a series of clear aligners that are custom fit to your mouth, your Invisalign treatment can straighten your smile in just 6-10 months. As you go through your journey with Invisalign, there may be times when you notice that your Invisalign doesn’t feel like it fits right
Steps You Can Take if Your Invisalign Doesn’t Fit
Switching to the next tray in your series can feel a bit different from the previous tray. While this is a normal part of the process, it may be uncomfortable at first. Here are some steps you can take if your Invisalign doesn’t fit quite right.
1. Try Invisalign Aligner Seaters
Invisalign aligner seaters are a product designed to help your Invisalign fit to your teeth. When you switch aligners, your new tray may feel too tight to fit your teeth. Aligner seaters are soft, silicone chews that can help seat your Invisalign on your teeth properly. Dr. Fienman likes to use Munchees to keep your treatment on track. By adding gentle pressure to your aligners as you chew, Invisalign aligner seaters are a good option if your Invisalign feels too tight.
2. Wear Your Invisalign as Often as You Can
One common cause for Invisalign that doesn’t fit is not wearing them often enough. Your treatment plan is designed around the expectation that you wear your Invisalign for at least 22 hours per day. If you aren’t wearing your Invisalign enough, you may fall behind on your plan.
Wearing your Invisalign all day and night will keep your progress. To prevent your teeth from shifting back, it is recommended to only remove your Invisalign for eating meals and brushing your teeth.
3. Consider Backtracking
If your current Invisalign is still not fitting correctly even after wearing it for a while, you may need to ask your dentist about backtracking to a previous set. Your teeth may not be moving as fast as expected and giving your teeth a bit more time on a previous set can help your new aligners to fit better by allowing your teeth to catch up. Always make sure to ask your dentist before you make the switch.
4. Talk to Your Dentist About a Treatment Revision Plan
If nothing seems to be working to help your Invisalign fit, you may need to talk to your dentist about revising your treatment plan. Your dentist will likely assess your progress and the position of your teeth to decide what the next course of action should be. Talking to your dentist whenever you have concerns about your Invisalign can ensure that you stay on track and see the results you are looking for.
Wearing your aligners for 22 hours per day, using your Munchee as directed, and keeping up with your routine monitoring visits will help keep your treatment on track, so you can reach your goal of a new smile in no time.