9 Useful Invisalign Hacks for 2022

Do you have Invisalign and want to get the most out of your investment?  Are you considering getting clear aligners and want to know more about what is involved?  Are you wondering if you should take your Invisalign trays out when drinking coffee? If so, we have several Invisalign hacks for you and would love to help!

1. Don’t Remove When Drinking Beverages

This is the Invisalign tip that our patients are most surprised about. Always keep your clear aligner trays in your mouth while drinking beverages.  This even includes coffee.  Don’t worry about coffee getting in between the trays and your teeth and causing staining.  The risk of it staining your teeth is minimal and it’s better to keep the trays in than take them out and have less tray time.  And when you’re finished drinking sugary beverages or coffee, take your trays out and rinse them with water

2. What if You Forget to Wear Your Invisalign Trays?

Did you forget to bring your Invisalign trays on vacation?  Did you forget to wear them overnight because you were so excited to visit the dentist the upcoming day?  Don’t worry, it happens to all of us and this is the Invisalign tip we’re asked about the most.  The good news is if you forget to wear a tray for a few days, it’s not the end of the world. In this case simply wait an extra day or two before changing out to the next set of trays.

3. Best Time of Day to Switch to the Next Set of Trays

I think this is one of the most useful Invisalign tips. New trays are typically very tight which can cause discomfort.  Therefore, your best bet is to change to the next set of trays at night so you can sleep through the worst of the soreness.  By morning your mouth should be feeling much better.

4. Invisalign Tip for Cleaning Clear Aligners

It’s a good idea to brush trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste once a day.  Of course, you won’t be able to remove all particles and odor by brushing along.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to soak in diluted clear mouthwash such as Listerine Naturals or a denture cleaner once a week or so (or as needed).  This will freshen up the Invisalign and remove any bad taste or odor.

5. How to Avoid the Lisp with Invisalign

When first starting Invisalign slow down your speech and speak slower.  This will help you avoid a lisp.  With this tip, Buddy Hinton won’t give you a hard time.

6. Don’t be Too Quick to Throw Trays in the Trash

When you switch to a new set of trays keep the old set just in case the new set gets lost.  With this Invisalign tip you’ll be able to go back to your last set of trays if your current set ever gets lost.  This means while you wait for replacements no (or little) progress will be lost.

7. When to Remove Trays

Finally, when should you remove your trays. Obviously, you will need to remove your trays when you eat and clean them. However, one thing that often goes overlooked is when contact sports are played. Although clear aligner trays can double as a mouth guard for grinding teeth, they don’t offer the same level of protection as an athletic mouth guard. Therefore, if you play contact sports it’s a good idea to switch out to an athletic mouth guard while playing sports rather than having the Invisalign trays in your mouth.

8. Removing Rough Edges

If you have any rough edges that cause discomfort this is often something you can resolve from the comfort of your own home. If there is an overhang, use scissors to carefully trim off the access. However, if there is a rough edge, you can use an emery board to make it smooth. Finally, we don’t recommend using nail clippers as those can cause sharp angles.

9. Final Invisalign Hack: Follow Doctors Orders

When you get Invisalign, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions.  It’s very important to follow these instructions to achieve the best results.  By following the instructions, you will have the greatest chance to not only finish on schedule but have the best results possible.

Final Thoughts

If you have any questions or would like additional Invisalign hacks please feel free to ask Dr. Hedrick and she will be glad to help.  For additional information on clear aligners we have an Invisalign page with detailed information.