When should I call the orthodontist after getting Invisalign braces?

S. Jay Bowman, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that uses a series of clear plastic aligners instead of typical orthodontic braces. When Invisalign aligners are delivered to the patient they are provided a specific schedule for wearing them (usually 24/7, except when eating and brushing) and for regular return visits to monitor progress (every 6-8 week return visits is common), make adjustments, and deliver additional sets of aligners. This schedule will be individually prescribed for you by your orthodontic specialist.  
Call your orthodontist if you have irritation that might be from an allergic reaction to the Invisalign plastic aligner tray.

Call your orthodontist if you have tooth pain. Invisalign braces may aggravate a previous tooth condition or cause problems with crowns and bridges, requiring more dental treatment. Call your orthodontist if you lose (or swallow) your aligner. Your orthodontist can order up to six replacement aligners for you at no cost to you.

It is not necessary to call your orthodontist if you have gum and tooth soreness; this soreness, which is normal, simply means that your teeth are moving.

It may take some time for your mouth to adjust to having the aligner trays in, and this can affect your speech; you don't need to call your orthodontist about this. You also do not need to call your orthodontist if the trays cause your mouth to produce more saliva initially or if you experience tooth sensitivity when the aligners are changed.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
If you are having your teeth moved for any length of time, chances are you are going to have an orthodontic emergency. These emergencies can be in the form of trauma to the mouth, clear "attachments" that come loose, or teeth moving where they shouldn't. If you feel that there is something going on with your teeth during treatment that shouldn't be, give your orthodontist a call. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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