What Should You Do If You Break an Invisalign Aligner?

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Invisalign clear aligner trays are quite durable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t wind up broken. After all, accidents happen! If you break your Invisalign aligner, don’t worry. Follow these steps to rectify the situation and get your orthodontic treatment back on track.

Assess the Damage

First things first: take a close look at your broken aligner to determine the extent of the damage. Is it a minor crack, a small chip, or something more significant? If the tray still fits properly without any issues, you may be able to keep wearing it until it’s time to move on to your next set of aligners.

Call Your Invisalign Provider

If you’re unsure how to proceed with your damaged aligner, give your dentist a call. We will advise you based on how broken your aligner is and where you are in your treatment plan. If you’re only a few days away from moving on to a new set of aligners, we may suggest that you begin wearing those a bit early. Alternatively, you could go back to a previous aligner set to keep things in place while a replacement tray is made. In any case, it’s best to reach out to us for guidance.

Tips to Avoid Breaking Invisalign Aligners

To prevent damage to your Invisalign trays, take these precautions. Don’t wash your trays in excessively hot water as the heat can warp and weaken the aligners. When you aren’t wearing your trays, keep them in a protective case so they don’t wind up somewhere they can get stepped on or crushed. Finally, be sure that you insert and remove the trays from your mouth as directed and without using too much force.

Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy in San Marcos, CA

Broken Invisalign aligners are a minor inconvenience that can be easily remedied with help from the team at Mission Hills Family Dental. If you have questions about a damaged Invisalign tray or any other aspect of your treatment or overall dental health, call us today!

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