Invisalign troubleshooting

The majority of our patients enjoy a seamless Invisalign experience, but rest assured that if you do have any issues or questions, we’re here to help. Most problems are easily solved by a quick conversation with our team, but if you do need to come in and see us, we’ll arrange an emergency appointment as quickly as we can.

In the meantime, we’ve created a quick troubleshooting guide to help you manage minor complications from the comfort of home.

1. Help, I’ve lost my Invisalign® aligners

There’s no need to worry – just start wearing your previous set of aligners and give us a call. Depending on how long you’ve been wearing your aligners for, we might advise that you skip the lost set and start wearing the next one.

2. My aligners are rubbing the inside of my mouth

Your Invisalign aligners might irritate the inside of your mouth slightly to begin with. Whilst you’ll quickly adapt, you can soothe any initial discomfort with an ulcer gel such as Bonjela. If your aligner is uncomfortable because of a particularly sharp edge, please let us know and we can adjust this for you. In the meantime try to keep wearing your aligners if you can.

3. I’ve developed a lisp

Some patients do find that they have a slight lisp just after they start wearing their first aligner. Your tongue usually just needs a few days to adapt and you’ll soon be back to normal. The more you practice speaking the quicker you’ll adapt.

4. I’m struggling to take my aligners in and out

We’ll show you how to take your aligners in and out correctly, but you might find certain sets easier to manoeuvre than others. Once you’ve taken them in and out a few times, they should become slightly looser and easier to manage. If not, please get in touch.

5. One of my attachments has fallen off

If one of your Invisalign attachments falls off, don’t panic (even if you swallow it), just get in touch with us as soon as you can and we’ll arrange to fit a new one.

6. I keep forgetting to wear my aligners

It’s really important to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours every day. At best, not wearing your aligners for long enough will slow down your treatment. At worst, your teeth could relapse (move back to where they started). If they move too far in the wrong direction, you may need to have more impressions taken or even re-start your treatment.

7. I’m nearing the end of my treatment and my teeth still aren’t straight

If you’re approaching your final set of aligners and have concerns about the position of your teeth, don’t worry. Sometimes, in order to get the best results, we need to take more impressions for additional aligners. This is known as the ‘refinement stage’ and it’s included in the cost of your treatment.

If you need any help or advice during your Invisalign treatment, we’re at the end of the phone: 020 3393 6640.