Top 5 Invisalign® Tips for a Successful Journey

If you’re on an Invisalign journey with Dr. Caudill, Dr. McNeight and the 321 Ortho team, you’re in for an amazing, life-changing transformation! We’re here to guide you through the process and ensure that your Invisalign experience is as smooth and successful as possible, so you can experience beautiful results after treatment. 

We’ve got the top 5 Invisalign tips to help you catch a wave of confidence and sail smoothly to the finish line. 


1. Use the Invisalign app!

Have you been using the super cool ‘My Invisalign’ smile app? It’s like having your own personal smile assistant in your pocket! 

Download the Invisalign app to track your progress, get cleaning tips and learn more about how Invisalign works, snap a selfie to see a simulated preview of how your new smile can look at the end of treatment, connect with us, set handy reminders and receive notifications to help you stay on track with wearing your aligners and attending your appointments, and so much more!

Using the My Invisalign app is like having an easy, direct line to smile perfection. Stay connected, stay motivated, and let the app join you on your journey. 


2. Keep your past aligners!

It may be tempting to bid farewell to your old aligners as you progress through your treatment. But it’s actually important that you keep them! (We’ll discuss this during your complimentary consultation of course.) 

Your past aligners aren’t just souvenirs; they’re your backup plan! In case you accidentally misplace or damage your current aligners, having your previous ones can keep you on the right track and prevent your teeth from ‘relapsing’ or reverting back to their previous positions.

Specifically, we suggest you keep at least the aligner prior to the one you are currently wearing. Then when you come to your appointment, we can recycle your far past trays through our Invisalign tray recycling program!


3. Bring all aligners to each appointment

It’s an aligner party! Tell your aligners to bring their friends. Bringing your past and future aligners to your orthodontist visits can help us keep track of your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your personalized treatment plan. 

In the event that a new aligner isn’t fitting properly, we can assess previous aligners to determine whether you should use a past aligner or if you’re ready to move to the next aligner. Your past aligners help us ensure that everything is still going according to plan, so we can achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time! And we will mark which of your new aligners you should stop at with our red “stop sticker.” Thankfully we give you a super cool teal Caudill & McNeight bag that all of your aligners will fit in and you can just grab it before heading to each appointment with us!


4. Check the fit of your aligners regularly.

It’s important to check the fit of your aligners to make sure that they’re hugging your teeth properly. A snug fit means they’re doing their job and moving your teeth efficiently. Your aligners shouldn’t feel loose, and they should be able to ‘snap’ into place as confirmation of a good fit. 

You can use an Invisalign chewie to help your clear aligners fit properly too! Invisalign chewies are small, cylindrical pieces of soft plastic that you bite down on (with your aligners in place) to properly ‘seat’ your aligners. To use a chewie, bite down on it, move it around different areas of your mouth, and bite down with gentle pressure to help optimize the fit of your aligners. 

You can purchase a pack of Invisalign chewies on Amazon and we’ll provide you with some during treatment if you need them. 


5. Keep your teeth sparkly clean!

Keeping your teeth, gums and clear aligners clean is one of the easiest Invisalign tips and tricks to ensure a successful journey. Clean teeth are healthy teeth; healthy teeth are strong teeth; and strong teeth are most receptive to movement through orthodontic treatment. Don’t eat or drink anything besides water while wearing your aligners so that your teeth and trays can stay nice and clean!

Brush your teeth thoroughly day and night, and after big meals. Floss between each tooth every night too! After you eat, give your clear aligners a good rinse with water and consider brushing/flossing your teeth and/or using mouthwash after eating too. 

Give your clear aligners a gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak your clear aligners in a solution like RetainerBrite or with Invisalign cleaning crystals a few nights a week.

By doing everything you can to maintain a clean smile, you’re setting yourself up for success!


Still have questions about your Invisalign journey?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re here to support you and give you all of the tips you need to experience a successful Invisalign journey. 

We’re proud to be the only Diamond Plus Invisalign providers in Brevard County! As the most experienced Invisalign orthodontist near you, Dr. Caudill, Dr. McNeight and our experienced team are here to guide you along the way.

Ready to catch a wave of confidence? Request your complimentary exam with us at one of our orthodontist offices in Merritt Island, Melbourne or Viera.