Invisalign is a series of plastic aligners that gradually move teeth into a more even alignment. Although the aligners are quite durable, they occasionally develop cracks or even break in half. Here are several things you can do if your Invisalign aligners break.
Most Invisalign breakages are hairline cracks. These cracks are visible but do not result in the aligners falling apart. If you have a hairline crack in your aligners, you can safely continue to use them as long as you are careful when putting them into your mouth and taking them out again. Try not to bend the aligners to avoid snapping them.
If your aligners break into two or more pieces, do not wear them. You should not try to fix the aligners using household glue, which is often toxic. Repairing your aligner at home can be dangerous because if the aligner fails while you're wearing it, you can be injured. A much safer option is to take your aligners to an Invisalign orthodontist to get them professionally repaired or replaced.
Moving Onto New Aligners
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of aligners to gradually adjust the positions of the teeth. You need to wear each set of aligners for a couple of weeks before moving onto the next set. If your aligner breaks when you are almost at the end of the period of wear, you can ask your orthodontist if you can move onto the next set of aligners a little early. Be careful when putting on the new aligners, as they might not fit as well as the old ones and you could snap them if you do not handle them gently enough.
Replacing Broken Invisalign Aligners
If you are not yet ready to move onto the next set of Invisalign aligners, you need to get in touch with your Invisalign braces service provider to order a replacement for the broken set. While you wait for your new aligners to become available, you can wear the previous set to help to keep your teeth from moving out of place.
Protecting Invisalign Aligners
You can avoid breaking Invisalign aligners by always taking them out before you eat. When you are not wearing your aligners, keep them in a safe place, preferably inside the provided case, so you won't accidentally knock them to the floor or sit on them. Don't leave your aligners in a hot place or in direct sunlight.
To learn more about Invisalign braces, contact an orthodontist near you.