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Invisalign Issues

Never say never. These are possible issues you may encounter during your Invisalign journey. Let’s tackle them one by one!

Aligners don’t fit.

Possible reasons why aligners do not fit:

  1. Check the Invisalign pack that you just opened. Is it the correct one? You may have accidentally opened a set of aligners meant for a later date.
  2. Check the edges of the Invisalign. Sometimes, part of the aligner edge has folded inwards and prevents the aligners from sitting in properly.
  3. Check that there is no food particles stuck in the aligner causing an obstruction.
  4. If the aligners were recently dipped in warm/hot water or placed near a hot surface, heat may have deformed its shape. Please proceed to Lost Aligner section for solutions.
  5. If you had any dental fillings done recently, the shape of your teeth may not be the same as before. This can prevent the aligners from fitting.
  6. Teeth that are newly erupting may prevent aligners from fully sitting.

Off tracking in Invisalign treatment refers to a situation when teeth positions do not match with the corresponding aligner stage. Off tracking preventing the aligners from fully fitting and you might notice a small air space between the top edge of the teeth nad the bottom of the aligner. Common causes for off tracking are:

  1. The aligners may not have finish expressing tooth movement but it was changed up.
  2. Not wearing the aligners for enough hours
  3. Not sitting the aligners all the way down with chewies

Do notify the Team@MyBracesClinic by dropping us a Facebook Message, calling us at (65)6737 9797 or email us at smilematters@mybracesclinic.com. We would like to schedule an earlier appointment to get you back on track. Please BRING about 5-6 sets of old aligners if you have them.

Aligners too loose

Aligners are too loose if they feel ‘flappy’ and just can stay on the teeth. On top of being annoying, ‘flappy’ aligners are inefficient at moving teeth.

Possible reasons for loose aligners are:

Do notify the Team@MyBracesClinic by dropping us a Facebook Message, calling us at (65)6737 9797 or email us at smilematters@mybracesclinic.com. We would like to schedule an earlier appointment to address the cause of loose aligners ASAP.

Aligners too tight

Aligners gripping too tightly and you are having trouble taking them out?
What to do:

Take a deep breath and stop. Take a few minutes timeout from tugging at the aligners.

Let’s recap the correct way to remove aligners.

    1. Start from the side of the roof of the mouth for the upper aligners and the tongue side for the lower.
    2. Go to the last tooth and place your fingernail, just under the edge of the aligner.
    3. Imagine the aligners moving in a letter ‘C’  shape over the biting surface of the teeth, towards the cheek.
    4. The idea is to lift the aligners AWAY and OFF the attachments.
    5. Loosen the Left side, then loosen the Right side, Before removing the aligner from the front teeth.

Ok. Try again. Still difficult?
Here are some useful tips to deal with aligners that are too tight:

Have not brushed your teeth yet and feeling a little grossed out? Gargle vigorously with mouth wash for 2 minutes with the aligners on and remember to brush your tongue too. Try again in the morning.

Please notify the Team@MyBracesClinic by dropping us a Facebook Message, calling us at (65)6737 9797 or email us at smilematters@mybracesclinic.com. We would like to schedule an earlier appointment to address this issue. Spend some time training with us till you’re comfortable removing aligners on your own.

Broken Aligners

Broken or torn aligners reduces the efficiency of tooth movements and needs to be addressed.

Some common causes of broken / torn retainers are:

  1. Severely crooked teeth or large gaps between teeth that makes it difficult to remove aligners. More twisting and tugging of aligners to remove them increases the risk of tearing. 
  2. Patients who grind and gnash their teeth at night often wear out the biting surfaces of aligners.
  3. Removing aligners in one big swipe or yank from left to right or right to left often causes tears in the aligners at the canine tooth region. Do remove aligners by loosening the one side first, then the other side, before sliding them off front teeth.
  4. Crack aligners can happen when they are not stored in a box or case. ‘Naked’ aligners that are placed in school bags often get crushed by heavy text books or gym gear.  ‘Naked’ aligners buried in pockets may get squashed or cracked when you sit down on them.

Kindly notify the Team@MyBracesClinic by dropping us a Facebook Message, calling us at (65)6737 9797 or email us at smilematters@mybracesclinic.com. After briefing us about the situation, we will be able to walk you through some solutions over the phone or email.

Lost Aligners

Hey, if it happened, it happened. Let’s look at how to deal with it.

If you lost the aligners a few days before the end of your aligner cycle, change up to the next set. The new set of aligners will probably feel tighter than usual and will need extra chewie time to get it to fully seat. You may need to wear this super tight set for much longer to make up for the lost aligner set. Please inform us ASAP for an earlier appointment and bring ALL the aligners you currently have. Our Team@MyBracesClinic will evaluate the fit of the aligners.

If you tried the next set of aligners but it feels way too tight or doesn’t fit well even with lots of chewie time, drop back to the last old aligner set (just before the lost set) and let us know ASAP.

Alert the Team@MyBracesClinic by dropping us a Facebook Message, calling us at (65)6737 9797 or email us at smilematters@mybracesclinic.com.

How to avoid losing aligners?

Avoid wrapping aligners in tissue paper as they are easily (and frequently) thrown away.

Avoid storing aligners in the Macdonald box during lunch or dinner as you may accidentally throw them away!

Minimize taking them in and out repeatedly over the course of the day. Wearing the aligners as often as possible, reduces your risk of losing aligners!


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