How to Prevent Your Invisalign Trays From Breaking

Need Help with Your Invisalign? Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Your Aligners Can Be Found Here!

Receiving your first pair of Invisalign® aligners is incredibly exciting! You are on the first step toward achieving the smile of your dreams. During this journey, it is crucial that you take special care of your aligners. If your Invisalign cracks or breaks, you may experience some discomfort when wearing the aligners. In some cases, you might also have to get them replaced. 

In our latest blog post, we are offering Invisalign tips on taking care of your aligners and preventing them from developing cracks! Check out our comprehensive guide now. 

Invisalign Tips & Tracks for Maintaining Your Aligners

Taking care of your aligners is crucial for ensuring you get the results you want

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Dealing with damage to your Invisalign is never fun. However, there are numerous steps you can take to help them maintain their structure and prevent cracks from forming. Check out these Invisalign tips now! 

1. Don’t chew or play with your aligners

Sometimes, you might find yourself absentmindedly chewing on your aligners or moving them around. If you just received a new pair of aligners, you might also be struggling with some discomfort at first. However, it’s crucial that you avoid chewing on them or playing with them. This can weaken their material and cause cracks to form. 

Chewable Mints

woman holding bag of movemints

If you find that you can’t stop chewing on your aligners, try Movemints™, edible, sugar-free mints that help you stay on track with your Invisalign treatment. Whether you need to relieve pain from tight aligners or want to make them fit better with your teeth, Movemints are a great tool for helping you through your journey. 

Not only are they great for helping your treatment stay on the right path, they also provide a therapeutic dose of xylitol to promote oral health! Using them is easy. Simply place a Movemint between your teeth before guiding it into place using its patented grooves. 

2. Make sure you take your Invisalign out before you eat

Taking your Invisalign out before you eat may seem like a no brainer, but there might be times when you feel tempted to keep them in. Maybe you just want to grab a quick bite or you don’t think you have enough time to properly store them. However, Invisalign aligners are not built to handle the pressure that comes with chewing. So make sure you remove them before eating. 

3. Place your aligners in a case rather than out in the open

Placing your aligners out in the open leaves them vulnerable to falls and other unfortunate mishaps, such as being chewed on by your dog (trust us, this happens!). Even if you don’t plan to leave your Invisalign aligners out for very long, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to properly storing them. 

4. Switch aligners according to the schedule your orthodontist set for you

Moving to a new set of trays can be exciting. But if you switch to a new set too quickly, you might experience pain and discomfort. In addition to this discomfort, you can leave your aligners vulnerable to breaks and cracks. That’s why it is important to stay on track with your aligner schedule and wait until your teeth are ready before moving onto your next set of aligners. 

5. Make sure you are removing them correctly

Placing and removing new Invisalign aligners can be challenging. You might have to wait a while before removing them, as it can be incredibly difficult to remove them right after placing them inside your mouth. Remember to start removing them from the back before gradually moving toward the front. For extra assistance, you can use a hook designed to safely remove your clear aligners. 

What to Do if Your Trays Broke

If your aligners broke, don’t panic — here’s what you can do

person holding invisalign trays

If your aligners do end up breaking, it isn’t the end of the world. You will want to contact your orthodontist as soon as you notice the crack. If the crack isn’t severe, you might be able to continue to wear your trays. Your orthodontist might also be able to repair it. Depending on when you cracked your tray, your orthodontist could recommend that you move onto your next set of aligners. But if you crack your trays after you just received a new set, you might have to revert back to your old set until you can receive a set of replacement trays. 


Invisalign offers a simple and effective solution for building a stunning smile. When you receive your trays, it is crucial that you take great care of them. Dealing with a cracked or broken aligner can impede your progress. Make sure you follow our Invisalign tips to ensure a smooth and successful process!

Are you looking for a fun and innovative accessory to accompany your Invisalign treatment? Check out Movemints — special mints designed to freshen up your breath and help your aligners track properly. Thousands of past and current Invisalign patients loved using Movemints, so isn’t it time you gave the Mint That Fits™ a try?

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