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I lost my Invisalign tray! What do I do?

Whether you lost your Invisalign tray on vacation or accidentally threw away your Invisalign aligners, either situation can be stressful. But not to worry! With Insoft & Hurst Orthodontics on your side, you’ll be able to handle this unexpected bump in your Invisalign journey with ease.

Here’s what to do if you find yourself searching for a lost Invisalign tray!

Check your Invisalign case!

As with any unexpected problem in life, it’s important to stay calm and not panic.

Invisalign is a great invisible orthodontic treatment, but their clearness can cause them to be easily lost if they’re not put in their case. That’s why our orthodontists stress the importance of saying “if it’s not in your face, it’s in your case”. Your Invisalign case should be the “go-to” place for your aligners to keep them clean and safe.

So take a quick peek inside your case and look around the surrounding area. (Sometimes trays can slip out of the case if it’s not closed all the way. So just like when popping in your aligners, you should wait to hear the tell-tale click of the case before setting it down.)

Retrace your steps

Whether you stopped at the bar for a frozen strawberry daiquiri on vacation or simply enjoyed dinner out with close friends and family, retracing your steps to when you last saw or had your aligners in can help.

By walking back through the last 20 to 30 minutes, you may remember that your aligners are under your dinner napkin or a friend offered to place your case in their bag for safe-keeping.

Contact us!

Still can’t find your missing Invisalign tray? It’s time to contact your orthodontist!

A lost Invisalign tray is an orthodontic issue that should be discussed with your orthodontist to make them aware of any issues or damage to your aligners. Doing this ensures your treatment stays on track and that you receive expert advice on how to handle the unexpected.

Here’s how to handle a lost aligner scenario:

  • •If you’re close to switching to your next set, go for it!
  • • If you’ve just started wearing your current set, go to the next set of aligners & wear them for two weeks rather than one week so your teeth can “catch up”. We may have you take pictures or schedule a virtual or in-office appointment to determine if you need a replacement set.

What if you lost just one tray, not both? Still follow these instructions as each aligner set is meant to be worn together.

Don’t skip wearing your Invisalign tray!

While it can be disappointing when you lose an Invisalign tray, that doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your aligners completely. No matter if you’re advised not to move onto your next aligner set, your previous set will help keep your teeth from drifting out of alignment while you wait for a replacement set. After all, you don’t want a small hiccup in your treatment to affect all the hard work you’ve done so far!

You live, you learn!

Misplacing or losing your Invisalign aligners can be an irksome experience. But like all unexpected problems, you can learn from them!

Just forming the habit of placing your aligners in their Invisalign case and storing the case somewhere safe or within sight can make a world of difference. Use this experience as a reminder to be more diligent on storing and caring for your trays. After all, your aligners are the “vehicle” behind bringing your life to life and your compliance and your orthodontists’ instructions are the drivers.

Still have questions about how to handle a lost Invisalign tray situation?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions!

Haven’t started your Invisalign journey yet? As a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider, we’re ranked in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers in the world! No provider in Pinellas County has a more thorough knowledge of Invisalign and a case experience as diverse as ours.

Insoft & Hurst Orthodontics is your Seminole and St. Pete’s top orthodontist. Come meet our amazing team!

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