Experiencing an ill-fitting aligner can be a cause for concern, especially when you’re in the middle of an orthodontic treatment plan. However, before jumping to the conclusion that an entirely new set of trays is necessary, it’s crucial to explore potential solutions. Read on to learn which steps you can take if one of your aligners isn’t seating properly.
Assess the Fit
Begin by carefully examining the Invisalign aligner in question. Check if there are any visible defects, such as cracks or distortions, that may be compromising its fit. Pay close attention to the edges, as they should hug your teeth snugly without any gaps.
Gently remove the misfitting aligner and then re-seat it. Start by placing it on the teeth at the back and then gently guide it into position over the front teeth. Use your fingers to apply even pressure, ensuring that the aligner clicks securely in place.
Chewies are small, cylindrical cushions made of a soft, pliable material. They’re designed to help seat aligners properly by applying even pressure. Simply bite down on a chewie for a few minutes after putting in your aligners. This can help them settle into the correct position.
Use an Aligner Seater Tool
Aligner seater tools are specially designed to assist in fitting aligners accurately. They provide controlled pressure to help ensure the aligner is properly seated. If you’re struggling with an aligner that won’t sit right, consider investing in this helpful tool.
Contact Your Orthodontist
If, after trying the above steps, you still find that the aligner doesn’t fit correctly, it’s time to reach out to your orthodontist. They may be able to offer specific advice tailored to your situation. In some cases, they may need to make minor adjustments or provide a replacement for the problematic aligner.
Avoid Forceful Adjustments
While it’s natural to want your treatment to progress smoothly, avoid the temptation to force a misfitting aligner into place. Doing so could lead to damage or discomfort. It’s always best to seek professional guidance from your orthodontist.
About the Author
At Foundation Dental Solutions, Dr. Douglas Baldwin and our dedicated team are committed to guiding you through your Invisalign journey. If you’re experiencing ill-fitting aligners, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. We’re here to ensure your path toward better alignment stays on the right track! Give us a call at (817) 592-8626 or visit our website to make an appointment.