As with all orthodontic treatments, you will need to make some adjustments in your day-to-day life while wearing your Invisalign® clear aligners. Our orthodontists have provided this page of information on life with Invisalign in Richmond, Virginia, to help you maximize the benefits of your treatment. We invite you to call us at 804-740-7281 if you have questions, and to schedule your appointment with Drs. Wiltshire and Brassington at Richmond Orthodontics.

Wear Your Aligners Often

While your Invisalign aligners are removable, you need to be careful not to remove them too often. In order for your teeth to move into their ideal positions, you need to be wearing your aligners as often as possible. Only remove your aligners to eat, brush, and floss. For the best results, you should be wearing your aligners about 22 hours each day.

Food and Drink

Do not eat with your aligners on. This can damage your aligners. Drinking water with your aligners on is no problem, but you should not drink any dark or colored liquids. They can stain your aligners and your teeth. We also recommend that you avoid sugary drinks, as liquids can get caught between your teeth and aligners, and may cause decay. When drinking anything that isn’t water, remove your aligners, and clean your teeth before putting them back on.

We also strongly recommend that you avoid chewing gum while wearing aligners.


You may experience a slight lisp when you first begin wearing your aligners, but your mouth should adjust very quickly. Most patients do not notice any changes in their speech at all.

Caring for Your Appliance

Keep your aligners clean and odor free by brushing them at least once a day with either toothpaste or liquid soap.


  • Use bleach or boiling water to clean your aligners
  • Place your aligners in the microwave or dishwasher
  • Leave your aligners on hot surfaces, including leaving them in your car during the summer

When you are not using your aligners, keep them in a secure case so that you do not lose or break them. It will cost you an additional fee to replace your aligners.

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