Check this great article on HubPages for tips on how to remove Invisalign trays!
K. has been through 5 weeks and 3 trays’ worth of Invisaligns and so far, so good. At her last dentist’s visit, however, Dr. T. added the “buttons” to K’s teeth…let me tell you, buttons add a whole new dimension to the Invisalign experience.
Buttons are little resin attachments for your teeth – not every tooth, though…K. got 3 buttons in each quadrant of her mouth. They fit into little bubbled-out spaces in the Invisalign trays and help the alignment process be more efficient.
This is not K.’s mouth, BTW…do you know any self-respecting 15-year-old who would let their mother put a picture of them like this on their blog?
Not only do the buttons increase the efficiency of the Invisaligns, they also happen to seal those trays down to your teeth like they’re welded on!! Our dentist had hinted that they would be harder to get off, but they were RIDICULOUSLY difficult to remove. When we got back from the dentist, K. needed to eat a quick meal before heading off to classes, but the darn things wouldn’t pop out of her mouth. I think we were lulled into complacency by the ease of popping out the 1st two sets of trays when she didn’t have buttons…these suckers wouldn’t budge.
I finally managed to get the top tray out for her after much wailing and gnashing of teeth (mine, not hers). The bottoms were stuck tight in place…I placed a frantic call to the dentist, asking for some tips on getting them out. While we were waiting on the call back, I actually did manage to get them removed, but I had to pull so hard that I felt like I was going to pull out every tooth in her lower jaw.
After school, we were hoping they would be a littler easier to get out…no such luck. There were tears of pain (hers) and tears of frustration (mine). Out of desperation, I googled how to remove Invisaligns with buttons – almost right away, there was a tip from a girl who suggested working from one side to the other, using your thumbnails to lift up on the tray. Works like a charm! It’s still tough, but manageable. Thank goodness for Google 🙂
If you still have problems popping out your trays, check out this nifty-looking product called the Outie on Amazon…it might be helpful!
If you have any interesting Invisalign experiences, please share 🙂
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