Invisalign Hacks. Are you a new patient to Invisalign? Take a look at these sixteen Invisalign tips and tricks to make your Invisalign Treatment even better!
16 Invisalign Hacks and Tips
Disclosure: I am not a doctor, dentist, orthodontist or medical professional. This post is not affiliated with Invisalign. Please consult your orthodontist before beginning any of the listed hacks or tips with Invisalign.
I did it. At age 37, I became a “brace face” mother of five. I never had braces as a kid and there has been one canine tooth that has always driven me crazy, especially with a smiling profile view. It really sticks out. I allowed that tooth to go for years until in frequent visits my dentist kept telling me “you would be a good case for Invisalign.” I ignored his nudges but began to notice my own problems. It became clear I have a cross bite in the back and my gums began to recede. The joys of getting older. Finally, done with having babies, I found an opportunity to take care of myself.
Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign
As this post has become more popular, there have been a number of frequently asked Invisalign questions. Many of these questions are addressed below in our Invisalign tips, but here are a few quick and easy cliff notes.
How long does Invisalign take?
The length of treatment depends on your teeth and how often you change your trays. It is important to note, when your dentist quotes you a treatment plan, ask if this includes the treatment plan for aligners. Some dentist will give you a certain amount of time and then when aligners come, treatments can go months longer.
Where can I get a discount on Invisalign?
I found a discount for my Invisalign on Groupon. Once I found my savings, I then found my orthodontist. I loved the practice so much, I stayed with them as my primary dentist too.
How often do I change my clear aligners?
On average you will change aligners every 7 to 14 days. Please follow the guidelines of your dentist as every smile is different. You may get to change your aligners more often, if you have a vibrating ortho device for clear aligners to help your teeth shift. This may have you changing aligners as often as every 5 days.
How can my Invisalign treatment go faster?
Do not rush your clear braces treatment. Stay within the guidelines of your orthodontist. If you are looking to speed up things treatment can go faster with a vibrating ortho device. Consult an ortho first.
Is it normal for teeth to be loose with Invisalign?
Yes! Your teeth will be loose from Invisalign as your teeth shift. Show your orthodontist any loose teeth within your regular checkups. This way he/she can monitor if this is normal or concerning.
Smile Direct vs Invisalign
Are Smile Direct Club and Invisalign are the same? No. They are two different companies.
If you are looking for clear aligners, there are two names that immediately come to mind. Smile Direct vs Invisalign. To investigate which was best for me, I did my homework. I sat at the dentist office and asked questions. I asked about Smile Direct vs Invisalign.
If you too are deicing which clear aligner brand is right for you, don’t rush into things. Make Two Important Appointments 1.) Book a FREE 30-minute Smile Direct appointment 2.) Visit your local dentist/orthodontist and see what plans they have too.
If you are like me, it’s easy to rush into a decision. Moving your teeth is an incredible journey and it’s important to do it right and to do it in the way you feel most comfortable.
Best Invisalign Accessories
My first week of Invisalign was hell. I am not going to lie. I have 22 brackets and they were really awful to put on. Additionally, my clear aligner was really tight, I was not used to the whole “planning” to eat thing and my mouth was bleeding. Installing the clear attachments, the dental hygienist tugging and pulling, really cut up my mouth during that first visit. However, once I left that dentist chair, my mouth began to heal.
The Invisalign treatment became my own at home. I was getting use to a routine of when to eat and brush and slowly things got better. I learned about some of best Invisalign accessories to get me through the process. After about one week, I no longer regretted my decision. In fact, though over a year long, I was looking forward to the results of when I was done.
As you make the Invisalign journey your own, make sure to download our FREE Invisalign Accessories Checklist Printable PDF. A list of the top 12 Invisalign accessories that will help you on your clear aligners treatment and braces journey.
Can Invisalign be sped up?
About two months into treatment, I was really comfortable with my routine. My orthodontist mentioned being able to to change the number of days I wear each of my aligners with the aid of a vibration device. At the time, I was switching every 8 to 14 days and he mentioned I could get as few as 5 to 6 days for each new aligner. This would cut my Invisalign treatment by months but the device was $450. With five kids, that was not in the budget.
Vibrating Mouthpiece for Invisalign
I searched high and low for a similar device and could not find one until I found the Orthorush Soft Vibrating Device on eBay for $54. Similar to a very popular brand name, I pop the device in my mouth for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evenings. Since I was using a “knock off” brand, he would not let me change my device more often than every 6 days, but every day helps.
SHOP ORTHO VIBRATING DEVICE FOR INVISALIGN
I did find when using this device, my follow-up appointments showed correct movement. When I slacked on the device, he reminded me I need to be using it!
As my treatment moved along, I began researching Invisalign treatment. I didn’t want the “dentist” explanation, I wanted to see what had worked for patients and made their experience better. In my research, I decided to compile for you, 16 Invisalign Hacks and Tips to make yours (and my) treatment better! Leave a message and let me know what works for you! Together we can get through this process. I would love to hear your own hacks and tips to make this whole process endurable!
More Invisalign Tips & Tricks
Does it get easier to remove Invsalign?
The answer is yes, it gets easier to remover Invisalign. Thought it might eventually feel quick and easy to you, It’s not a visual you want to leave in other’s minds. Please remove your trays in private.
I highly recommend going to the bathroom or another room to remove your trays. Your aligners do accumulate some degree of saliva and pulling them from your mouth may not be a pretty sight plus it’s not very sanitary.
When do you clean aligners?
Clean your aligners when you eat. Your clear aligners get gross. No matter how many times you brush, they just pick up plaque, saliva, you name it. The first and best hack is, clean while you eat. I picked up Retainer Brite Cleaning Tablets, which I keep in my kitchen. When I am eating, I toss a Retainer Brite tablet in water and allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes. While nothing will perfectly whiten Invisalign trays, they really look so much better! When I am done eating, I brush my teeth and to polish the Invisalign aligners with my toothbrush. For a better clean, you could pick up an Ultrasonic Cleaner (this is the one I use!).
You can’t bite your teeth with Invsalign?
Even though you can’t bite your nails with Invisalign, say good-bye to polished manicures. Initially it was hard to get my aligners out. Once I got the hang of it, they came in and out really easy. However, it takes the help of your nails/fingers to get them out. Either kiss manicures goodbye or pick up a little tool called an outie, an Invisalign tray removal tool. and keep those pretty nails.
Have a travel toothbrush to clean your teeth.
You will want to carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, a floss pick in your bag. You will not regret it. Another Invisalign accessory I keep in my travel set is an Aligner Chewie. You use Aligner Chewies to help close any air gaps between your teeth and your Invisalign aligners. Insert your Invisalign and bite on your chewie to perfectly place on your teeth.
How to get rid of sharp edges on clear aligners.
Sometimes a new tray is rough around the edges. How do you shave down Invisalign? If you find yourself with a sharp edge, you can use a nail bugger to gently smooth down the area irritating your check or gum. Be careful not to shave down too much or you might damage the tray or the purpose of that set of aligners. They are shaped intentionally to make your teeth shift!
Use the Invisalign App as a Calendar.
Initially I found this app a waste, but as time went on, it really became helpful. Not only can you track your progress with photos (if you wish), you can get alerts when it is time to change your aligner. This was very resourceful because when you are not on a 7 day change cycle, then the day of the week is always different. You can also see your calendar history and future. See future change dates, see your end date (loved having that goal!) and see how long you wore each aligner (i.e. first aligner was 10 days, third aligner was 8 days.) The app also has a time so you can track how long your aligners are out when you eat. Remember, Invisalign recommends use for at least 22 hours a day!
Have multiple cases.
Have multiple cases for storing clear aligners. Initially I was rolling my aligners in a paper towel when I took them out to eat. This of course was not wise, because paper towels get tossed. Try to have multiple cases. Your kit comes with one, but you can get more online. I preferred three cases. One in the bathroom, one in my purse, and one in the kitchen. If I worked out of the home, I imagine I would want a case in my office too.
Can I put teeth whitener in my Invisalign?
Yes! Get Whitening Foam. Invest in the White Foam Clear Retainer Cleaner. Maybe only in my mind, but I found it to really help whiten Invisalign trays and more importantly, my teeth! In fact, I had a friend ask how my teeth are still so white. I am a whitening snob, have been one as long as white strips have existed. This was my solution to keeping white teeth while I had Invisalign. I found it cheaper online (I used Subscribe and Save every 3 months) than at the dentist office. Alternatively, you can use this Smile Box Teeth Whitening Foam for less! Again, use subscribe and save at checkout.
How do you remove lipstick from Invisalign?
Kiss Lipstick Goodbye and go for dramatic eye makeup to draw away form your lips! I wore a lot of Chapstick. However if there is a special occasion, you might ask yourself can you wear lipstick with Invisalign? Well of course but here is the bad news. Lipstick can get stuck on your clear aligners. L If you must wear lipstick, look for a long lasting matte like Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color.
If you find yourself with a lipstick stain, try this trick to remove lipstick from Invisalign. Mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda on a toothbrush. Use the tooth brush to scrub the lipstick stain off. If they stain cannot be removed, then don’t worry about it staining your teeth. If this solution doesn’t work, it’s not going anywhere.
When do you switch invisalign trays?
Switch Aligners at Night. Switch aligners at night and pop ibuprofen. I feared each new change, but it wasn’t that bad. I am someone who prefers something night over something loose. I like tons of blankets on me when I sleep, I love the feel of Spanx, etc. So when a new set went in, it just reminded me I was setting my teeth in place. It wasn’t that bad but I did typically use ibuprofen for the first 24 to 48 hours.
What liquids can you drink with Invisalign?
Try drinking sparkling water with clear trays in your mouth. Drinking was the hardest change for me. I am a coffee sipper. I drink it all day. Everyday, I found myself never getting a full cup of coffee and sometimes I was taking ibuprofen for a headache, not for teeth pain. I have read varying answers on this but for me sparking water was great!
Of the Invisalign eating and drinking tips, learning I could drink sparkling water wearing Invisalign was a win. Mango and Grapefruit bubly Sparkling Water was a friend of mine. The bubbling allowed my stomach to be tricked into feeling full between meals and i find of felt like the fizz was helping to clean my teeth (perhaps it wasn’t; perhaps it was mental.)
Can you drink white wine while wearing Invisalign?
Honestly, you can drink anything, but anything with color will slightly stain. The only time I cheat is when I know I am changing my trays that evening. When you change, take your own aligner and new one and compare the colors. You will see!
Does Invisalign turn teeth yellow?
The attachments stain really easily. Be sure to brush especially after drinking things like coffee or red white. I would really recommend skipping red wine for a rose or white wine. If you cannot get to a toothbrush and toothpaste quickly, swish with water, but I would not go very long without! Remember, do not drink anything but water when your aligners are in. If your teeth are beginning to stain too, consider picking up a Teeth Whitening Gel Pen. They won’t break the bank and still keep your smile sparkling or go back to our tip about whitening foam!
Can I throw away my old aligners?
Hold Onto Your Old Trays. Okay, this might seem a little strange at first glance. Why would you hold onto your previous set of trays once you graduate to a new set? There might be a reason you need to go back, like a tooth not shifting. One time, a few days after an aligner change, I lost one of my aligners. I had to go back to my old set white looking for my lost tray! I found it outside in the grass, talk about a lucky find! If in this case, I did not find it, I would be waiting a few days for my orthodontist to get a new set made. By wearing an old aligner, you prevent your teeth from shifting back or regressing in your treatment.
Keep your teeth white with Invisalign trays
Once done, you can use the Last Aligner Tray to Whiten Your Teeth. Your last tray makes the perfect delivery method for a teeth whitener. Grab a whitening gel and insert in your tray and follow the directions of your gel. Perhaps you can ask your orthodontist for a professional gel at the end of your treatment. When you are done with your treatment, I would suggest the AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit with Gel Syringes. Over 5,000 positive reviews!
Can you use toothpaste on Invisalign?
Yes! Scrub those clear trays babies clean. In fact, get multiple toothpastes. I found myself using three different toothpastes. I preferred a toothpaste that was strong like Crest Whitening + Scope. I also, switched over to a Sensodyne Whitening on days my teeth were more sensitive. My doctor also recommended a prescription toothpaste for my receding gums. I used the prescription Fluoridex toothpaste at night to help protect my enamel when I slept.
Do you lose weight when using Invisalign?
You might lose Weight. I did manage to lose weight on Invisalign. Initially, I began to eat 3xs a day but I ate larger meals to prevent myself from getting hungry. During the beginning, I did not lose any weight. Eventually, I embraced this time of “not being able to eat” and watch the meals I ate 3xs a day adding more protein in my diet. After making changes to my own diet/intake, the reduction of snacks I ate a day helped me loose 8 pounds. It was also work on my own end but I was giving into the deterrent of my Invisalign trays not allowing me to snack.
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Last Updated on March 27, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living
Brendan Shelton says
My dentist recommended Invisalign to me the other day so I wanted to see what some of the real-life experiences are for normal people. I really like your idea of cleaning them while you eat so that they don’t have buildup and get gross. I’ll keep your article in mind so that I can get a head start on how to properly use the aligner without too many mistakes.
I’m 3 months in and I am switching to traditional braces. Too much maintenance and they make my teeth feel very sensitive. Also you can only drink water if you have them in…anything else will erode your enamel even sparkling water is not recommended…even though it has no sugar or color the acid will result in erosion.
Hi! Just wondering, you drank sparkling water while you had your trays in? Did you just rinse your trays out right after?
Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living says
Hello Caroline, I did not rinse my trays right after and I did (and still do) drink sparkling water with my trays in.
Michelle catapang says
These tips are really helpful for those who had Invisalign treatment and for those who are thinking of getting one. Great article.