Congratulations on choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment. At your first appointment, you'll receive your first three sets of aligners. Each bag is labeled with the numbered aligner, and has both upper and lower aligners in them. The aligners are also imprinted with the numbers, so you won't get them mixed up.

Your aligners may go in a little tight at first. They'll loosen up as you wear them, so be patient. To place your aligners in, line them up with your teeth, and give them a good push into place. To remove them, find the edge of your aligner with your finger, and pull up or down, all the way around. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks before progressing to the next set. Be sure to save and store your last three aligners worn, just in case you need them. And remember to bring your aligners to every appointment.

There may be some active areas in your aligners that will require chewies. These are little, soft, plastic tubes that you will place in those active areas and clench down and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Then move to the next active area. The active areas in your aligners are the areas where the tooth is not fully engaged in the tray. You'll see these areas where there is a space between the end of the aligner, and the end of your tooth. You will do these chewie exercises several times a day to activate your aligner, and help your teeth to track correctly.

Your Invisalign treatment may require you to have attachments. This is a tooth-colored material that is bonded onto your tooth's surface. These attachments will help your teeth to move into the position needed to help progress your treatment properly. This step is usually done around your fourth set of aligners.

You'll wear your aligners all the time except when eating and brushing. You can drink water with your aligners in. But other than that, we ask that you remove them when eating or drinking. Make sure to brush your teeth after eating, and before you put your aligners back in.

When you don't have your aligners in, store them in the cases we provided you. Do not wrap them in a napkin or leave them laying around. They can easily get thrown away or broken. The safest place is in the case when they are out.

Brush your aligners daily as you would your teeth. Cool water and toothpaste and a gentle scrub will keep your aligners looking brand new.

Your teeth may become a little sore after starting each new aligner. This is normal, and to be expected. And this should improve after a few days. Tylenol or Advil type products can help if you should experience any discomfort.

You are now on your way to a brand new, beautiful smile. We know you'll do great, and should you have any questions or need anything, we're just a phone call away. Good luck, and start smiling!

Introduction to Invisalign

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