My aligners got warped

I’m hoping you can help me. I went to lunch with a friend yesterday and left my aligners in the car. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I live in Arizona and it’s June.  I just thought it would be more convenient to take them out before getting in the restaurant. As you can imagine, when I returned, the heat had done a number on them. Am I still able to wear them?

Britton L. – Arizona

Britton,

Oh no!  I looked up temps and saw that Arizona is supposed to be close to 120 degrees this week. Yikes! It must be an incredible place to live for you to put up with temps like that.

Unfortunately, your Invisalign aligners are no longer wearable. They’re designed very precisely to gently move your teeth into a new position.

If you’re early in this sets two weeks, you could put on your old set, contact your dentist and have him make you another pair of this set.  If you’re later in your two weeks, it’s possible (only possible) that he or she will allow you to move on the to the next pair of aligners.

You don’t want to move ahead on aligners much, because the roots of your teeth need time to catch up to the crown movement. If you don’t give it that time, your teeth can become loose.

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