I mistakenly put my Invisalign aligners in the washer/dryer. It went all the way through the washer cycle and got about 15 minutes into the dryer cycle before I realized my mistake. I had them in the pocket of my PJs during breakfast. I’d tossed them in the washer. It wasn’t until after I brushed my teeth that I noticed they weren’t with me. I grabbed them out of the dryer as soon as I could. They still fit, but feel different on my teeth. Did I ruin them?
Cyndy M. – Tennessee
We’ve all accidentally watched something, so I wouldn’t feel too bad about it. However, I wouldn’t continue wearing them. Your Invisalign aligners are likely warped. Wearing them will set your treatment back.
If you’re close to the end of this two-week cycle, you could just go on to your next set of aligners. You don’t want to switch early very often, because it puts the roots of your teeth at risk of coming loose. But, just this once should be okay.
If you’re at the beginning of your two-week cycle, you’ll need to have the aligners re-made. Your dentist can do that without too much trouble. But, call the office as soon as possible so they can get it made quickly for you. If you’re without aligners for even just a few days your teeth with start to shift. That will be disastrous for your treatment.
Hopefully, you still have your last set of aligners handy and can wear them until the new ones are ready. That will prevent any shifting.
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