If you watched a person remove their Invisalign aligners after having them for months, it might look easy; however, many people experience a lot of problems trying to learn how to properly remove these aligners when they initially get them. While it does take a little time and practice to get used to this, you can learn how to remove them safely and easily, and here are some tips that may help you with this.
Do not try to rush it
The first thing you should understand is that trying to rush to get the aligners off when you first get them is probably not the best option. Instead of rushing, try to take your time and be patient. It might be difficult at first, but you will learn how to do this after a while, and it will then come very easily for you. If you rush through it, you could end up with problems to the aligners or your fingers, so be patient as you learn the process.
Begin with the back parts
It is often easier to remove the aligners by beginning with the back parts of your mouth instead of the front parts. As you do this, use your fingers to pull the aligners away from your molar teeth and then work towards the front of your mouth.
Keep your nails trimmed
Another tip to help you remove the aligners is keeping your nails trimmed. It can be very hard to remove the aligners if you have long nails or fake nails. Using shorter nails is often the best option, but be very careful as you use your nails to pull the aligners away from your teeth, as you could hurt your fingers during this process.
Get a hook
You could always ask your dentist for an aligner hook, which is a device that is made for removing Invisalign aligners. This hook is something you will place by the aligner to lift it off your teeth. Using this tool also takes some practice, though.
You should realize that your dentist will want you to wear these aligners for 22 hours each day during treatment, so you should only remove them when you absolutely have to, such as before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Learning how to remove them will be necessary in this process, but you should remember it takes time to learn a new skill. Talk to an orthodontist if you would like more tips about Invisalign.