Invisalign’s Removable Braces—Answering Your Questions
November 16th, 2017

The thought of removable braces might be slightly confusing… especially if you understand how traditional braces work.

With traditional braces (also known as fixed orthodontic appliances), your orthodontist will attach a bracket to each individual tooth and use archwires to gradually straighten your malocclusion.

A loose archwire or bracket means a trip to your orthodontist’s office for a repair job.

In other words, removing traditional braces is anything but desirable.  

That’s why—if you’ve heard how Invisalign’s aligners can pop out of your mouth—you may have several questions…

Will removing Invisalign make my teeth become crooked?

When should I take my aligners out?

How do I remove Invisalign?

In this article, we’ll answer these key questions, helping you better understand Invisalign and the revolutionary treatment it provides.   

Can I Remove Invisalign without Negatively Affecting My Treatment?

That’s a great question. After all, the last thing you want is to accidentally undo months of treatment.

The short answer is…yes, you can.

However, you don’t want to keep your aligners out for too long.

Invisalign recommends wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. That leaves between 2–4 hours that you can go without wearing your removable braces.

When Should I Remove My Invisalign Aligners?

There are a number of situations where you’ll want to take out your clear aligners…and one of those times is when you’re advancing in treatment.

Invisalign corrects your malocclusion over a series of aligners.

When it’s time to wear your next set, you’ll take your old aligners out and insert your new set. It’s the equivalent of an orthodontic adjustment—minus much of the inconvenience.  

However, that’s not the only time you’ll want to remove your aligners.

Pop out your clear braces to…

  • Brush your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, you won’t need special cleaning techniques thanks to the convenience of Invisalign.
  • Floss your teeth. Interdental cleaning with Invisalign is a breeze. Simply take out your removable braces to easily access those hard-to-reach places.
  • Eat a meal or snack. When you wear braces, you’ll also need to steer clear of a number of foods. Simply remove your clear aligners to enjoy every meal.  

Compared to traditional braces, you’ll find Invisalign helps you keep life as normal as possible during orthodontic treatment.

How Do I Remove My Invisalign Aligners?  

To begin with, make sure your hands are clean before popping out Invisalign. You’ll want to wash your hands before touching your aligners or your mouth.  

To remove your aligners, the practice Ollie & Darsh recommends you start at the back of your mouth, removing Invisalign from your molars first. They also note you might benefit from using a paper towel to improve your grip.

Also, be sure to place your removable braces in a clean spot while you’re eating a meal or cleaning your teeth.

In addition to the convenience Invisalign provides, you’ll also enjoy how your aligners discretely conceal your orthodontic treatment. As you correct your malocclusion, you can…

  • Feel confident during conversations. With Invisalign, it’s easier to chat with others without being distracted by embarrassment from your treatment.  
  • Smile with ease. There’s no need to hide your smile during orthodontic treatment. You won’t have a mouth full of metal… thanks to Invisalign.
  • Join in any picture. From selfies to group photos, Invisalign empowers you to make memories and avoid self-consciousness.

Choose removable braces to straighten your smile, and book your free Smile Evaluation to discover more about Invisalign.

To schedule your complimentary evaluation, contact your local MiSmile Invisalign provider.

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