5 Steps to Success with Invisalign

Invisalign is an awesome way to make your smile everything you want it to be. Your aligners and digital treatment plan are custom-designed for you and your teeth, and your cooperation is essential in getting the most out of your treatment. Here are some helpful guidelines that will ensure we can reach your treatment goals:

  1. Wear your aligners. Aligners will only move your teeth if they are in contact with them. Aside from eating, brushing, flossing and special occasions, you should be wearing your aligners.
  2. Wear your aligners correctly. When you put your aligners in, make sure your aligners are grabbing onto all of your attachments. We like to use the “coffee cup lid” analogy for this. If you put a plastic lid on a coffee at Starbucks and just push it on, chances are you’ll end up with a mess. Same thing with your aligners! Don’t bite them into place. Make sure to “massage” the aligners onto your attachments every time you put them on. If you have them, wear your elastics as directed.
  3. Aligner fit is more important than the dates on your packages. When you put in a new aligner, it will feel tight at first. That means your teeth are moving! After about 3-4 days, your new aligner should fit like a glove. If it doesn’t, go back to your last aligner and give us a call. If you keep going, your teeth won’t move like they’re supposed to.





  1. Always come to your regularly scheduled appointment wearing an aligner that “fits”. We try to synchronize your appointments with your aligner changes – if you need to reschedule, please make sure you don’t change your aligner right before you see us. We’ll need to see you in an aligner that you’ve been wearing for at least 7 days to keep you on track.

NOTE: The author, Dr. Jared Gianquinto, is an orthodontist in the private practice of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in Bakersfield, CA. He was trained at Temple University and Naval Medical Center San Diego, completing orthodontic specialty training at Temple University and is past president of the Kern County Dental Society. Dr. Gianquinto’s unique combination of extensive past general/cosmetic and current specialty orthodontic practice qualify him an expert in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction treatment, clear aligners (Invisalign), accelerated orthodontics and multiple bracket systems. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.