Like all other orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect your speech, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth; any lisp or minor speech concerns caused by the aligners should disappear.
Most people experience tooth tenderness for a few days after starting with each new stage. This is normal. We recommend taking an ibuprofen to lessen or relieve the discomfort.
You should wear your aligners full time, 22 hours per day. The only time you won’t be wearing your aligners is when you eat or are brushing/flossing your teeth. On average, each set is worn for approximately 14 days, unless otherwise instructed.
Please remember that your aligners can be damaged easily by pets, heat, and pressure. Be sure that if your aligners are not in your mouth, they are in your aligner case—this will ensure that they are safe. Avoid heat like leaving them in the sun or placing them in boiling water.
If your aligners are lost or broken, please call our office as soon as possible for instructions. Please remember the aligners can only move your teeth when you’re wearing them.
Caring for your aligners is easy. To clean your aligners, brush them with a mild hand soap and warm water. Avoid cleaning your aligners with toothpaste. Toothpaste contains abrasives that can scratch or cloud the aligners.