When your dentist takes off your aligners at your appointment, it seems easy. Then, you get home, and suddenly it seems like they are firmly bonded to your teeth! Don’t worry – this is very common for patients who are just starting their orthodontic treatment. To help, here are some tips on how to remove your clear aligners with ease.
Tip #1: Don’t Drink Anything Cold Directly Beforehand
Do you love sipping on ice-cold water throughout the day? It’s certainly a great way to stay hydrated! However, it can also cause your trays to feel more rigid, which is why you shouldn’t drink anything cold directly beforehand. Instead, have some lukewarm or room-temperature water. This will make your aligners more flexible without causing them to warp.
Tip #2: Use an Aligner Hook
Although you can use your finger to remove your trays, many patients find it significantly easier to use an aligner hook. This tool is compact and has (you guessed it) a small hook on the end that’s designed to fit easily between your trays and your teeth. Fortunately, purchasing one isn’t difficult either – they are sold online and in stores like Walmart!
Tip #3: Start From the Back of Your Mouth
When you put your aligners in, you align your trays with your front teeth before pushing them into place. When you remove your aligners, you do the opposite. Starting on one side, use your finger (or your aligner hook) to lift your trays from your molars. Then, slowly work your way forward.
Tip #4: Be Patient!
Difficulty removing your aligners can result in quite a bit of frustration. However, adding additional force or getting stressed won’t make taking them off any easier. If you need to, take a break or take a few breaths before starting again. Your aligners will come out, and the entire process will become easier the further you get into your orthodontic treatment.
Remember, the start of your orthodontic treatment will come with some adjustments, even when it comes to something as “simple” as getting the hang of removing your aligners. If you ever have any questions or need some recommendations or pointers, don’t hesitate to talk to your dental team!
About the Practice
Vason Family Dentistry is led by Pankey Institute-trained dentists, which means that your smile is in the most capable and talented hands. Plus, with flexible financing and appointments as early as 7:30 AM throughout the week, pursuing your smile goals has never been more convenient. If you are interested in straightening your teeth with clear aligners and would like to schedule a consultation (or you simply want to learn more about life with braces), you can contact our team via our website or by phone at (404) 367-9799.