Trouble Removing Your Aligners? Here are 4 Tips to Clear the Way

December 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — primedentistrytx @ 8:56 am
woman smiling and holding a clear aligner in hand

Invisalign has become an incredibly popular way to achieve the straighter smile you’ve always wanted. While the treatment has many appealing factors, one of the most popular is the level of discreetness they offer—they are truly the “invisible” braces! The clear aligners are practically unnoticeable and are removable. As you enjoy these benefits (you still get to enjoy your favorite foods!), you may have become alarmed when you are having trouble taking your aligners out. No worries! Read on to learn four tips for the easy removal of your aligner trays.

Tip #1: Relax and Take a Breath

First…stop and take a deep breath! The more you feel stressed, the more tension you will put on your clear aligners and risk damaging them. If you are frustrated, trying to remove aligners that are stuck can lead to breaking them, which could possibly delay your treatment process. So, breathe, relax, and read on!

Tip #2 Don’t Remove Aligners After Drinking Cold Beverages

Drinking cold water can make the plastic less flexible. If you know you are about to remove your aligners, it is best to stick with room-temperature water an hour or two beforehand. Be sure to not drink hot beverages, like coffee, since it can warp and stain your trays.

Tip #3: Begin from the Back

To put your trays on properly, you line them up with the front of your teeth and push them into position. But when you want to take them out, you do the opposite. Start with your molars, which are located at the back of your mouth. Simply start at one side (on the inside), lifting the aligners off the back teeth. Then, do the same with the other side. Lastly, slowly work your way toward the middle, focusing on the easier places if necessary.

Tip #4: Get a Grip

Removing your trays with your fingernails is certainly possible. In fact, many people find it’s an easy way to pop their aligners out. However, if that isn’t an ideal option for you, there are a few other options that can help you effectively remove them, such as:

  • Paper towels—Thick paper towels are not just for spilling drinks! It can help you to easily pull out your aligners. Then you can use the towel to dry them and wipe off any residue.
  • Surgical Gloves—Invisalign patients have noticed medical gloves are effective in gripping the trays. Be sure not to use thick rubber gloves you might use around the house because they will not be effective in gaining a hold of the aligners.
  • Aligner Hooks—These are tools specifically designed to remove Invisalign trays effortlessly. You can ask your dentist for the best recommendations or do a google search and look at the reviews for the most effective ones.

Invisalign is an amazing option for getting the smile you have always wanted, but the aligners can be a challenge to remove initially. By following these helpful tips, removing them will soon be smooth as can be!

About the Practice

Prime Dentistry of Denton keeps the smiles of Denton beautiful and healthy through the expertise of its two dentists. They provide a range of dental services, including Invisalign treatment. With custom-made plans and the use of advanced technology, they can successfully help you achieve the straighter smile of your dreams with Invisalign. If you need help with your current treatment or would like to schedule a consultation, contact them through their website or call (940) 514-0333.

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