Invisalign braces apply pressure to your teeth to shift them into a better alignment. Occasionally, these aligners can break or crack. Read on to find out what to do if you break an Invisalign aligner.
1. Be Careful With Cracks
If an aligner has a small crack, it is usually still safe to wear. You will need to take extra care not to twist, bend or apply too much pressure to the aligner, as the crack makes it weak and vulnerable to breaking into two pieces. If the crack is sharp or causes any pain in your gums, you need to see a dentist, but if it causes no discomfort,you can safely continue to wear the aligner.
2. Replace Broken Aligners
Do not wear your aligner if it has completely broken into more than one piece. Aligners that have come apart cannot apply the right pressure to your teeth, so it is necessary to get a replacement from your dentist.
3. Ask If You Can Move On
The Invisalign treatment process involves switching to a new set of aligners every few weeks to apply progressive pressure to teeth. If you are close to the date when you are due to move onto a new set of aligners, ask your dentist whether you should start using the new aligners early instead of replacing the one that is broken. Note that the new aligners are likely to fit more tightly than the old ones, so you need to be very careful when putting them onto your teeth to avoid breaking them.
4. Do Not Try to Repair Your Aligner
Whether your aligner is cracked or broken in two, you should never try to repair it yourself. Repairing an Invisalign aligner with household glue not only results in a weakened aligner that is likely to break again, but could expose you to toxins in the glue. Instead of trying to carry out a repair yourself at home, call your dentist as soon as you break your aligner to get a repair or replacement.
5. Avoid Further Breakages
You can prevent future breakages of your Invisalign aligners by handling them as carefully as possible. Whenever you are not wearing them, put the aligners into their case. Rinse them only in cold water to avoid warping the plastic. Do not use excessive force when putting them into your mouth or removing them.
Contact your dentist for additional advice.