The initial step to start your AlignerCo treatment plan is to make dental impressions of your teeth. This is something that you can easily do at your home with our impressions kit. When you order your impression kit, we will mail it to you at your doorstep and after taking your impressions you can mail them back to us by using the included prepaid return label. It’s important to understand the process so that you can take accurate impressions, and we can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Use this guide to take your impressions the right way so you can receive your treatment plan.
Keep Track of Time
Before you take your impressions, make sure you have something that can be used to keep track of time. You need to take your impressions quickly, so it’s important to make sure you’re not taking too long. Your phone or a watch will be ideal; you just need something that you can use to count seconds and minutes.
Clean Your Hands and Brush Your Teeth
Get ready to take your impressions by first cleaning your hands thoroughly. This is important to ensure a hygienic process and to prevent anything from getting into the putty you will use. You should also brush your teeth so that they’re clean and ready to make neat impressions.
Check that the Impression Trays Fit
It’s necessary to check that the impression trays fit your mouth before taking any impressions. If they don’t fit, you can contact us and we will send smaller or larger trays that are suitable. Without putting anything in the trays, insert them into your mouth by aiming the centre of the tray and check that they are not too loose/tight in your mouth. The walls of the tray must not scratch your teeth. The tray must cover all of your teeth including back molars. Check both the lower and upper trays and email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need different sizes.
Blend and Shape the Impression Putties
Now your phone or watch will come in handy as a timer. Your impression kit contains a white putty and coloured putty, which needs to be mixed together. Mix a jar of white putty with one of the coloured putties until they are completely blended. You should try to do this in less than 30 seconds. Once there are no streaks, and you have a solid color, shape the putty into a sausage shape by rolling it between your palms. It needs to be long enough to reach both ends of the impression tray. Fix the sausage into the tray, making sure it covers the whole tray and its edges. You should do this in no more than 15 seconds.
To take an impression, place the tray in your mouth and aim the centre of the tray. Use your fingers to press the tray into your teeth, making sure that the putty reaches your gums. You should wait for four and a half minutes and then pull the tray straight off. Leave the impression in the plastic tray.
You then need to repeat this process until you have two impressions of your upper arch and two of your lower arch OR read the instructions provided by the smile specialist.
Send Photos with different angles for Approval
Before you mail your impressions to AlignerCo, email photos of your impressions with different angles so that they can be approved. Wait to receive approval for your impressions before you do anything else.
To make sure your impressions get approved, check that:
• You don’t remove the tray too early
• You mix the putty properly
• The impression area is covered by the putty, with no tray showing
• The impression is evenly pressed throughout
• The entire area of the teeth is captured, including back molars
• You have only pressed once into the putty
Mail Your Impressions
Once you receive approval for your impressions, place them into the impressions kit box. Use the prepaid return shipping label to ship your impressions back to AlignerCo.
Send Photos of Your Teeth
You will also need to send us photos of your teeth to help us create your treatment plan. To do this, use the cheek retractor to take the required five pictures.
You should have photos of:
• A front view with teeth clenched
• Right side view
• Left side view
• Upper occlusal
• Lower occlusal
Receive Your Treatment Plan and Aligners
After your impressions have been received by mail, it will be about 10 business days before you receive your prescribed treatment plan by email. The next step is to approve your treatment plan, and it will then take around 14 to 17 business days to fabricate your customized aligners.
Note: Do not remove your impressions from the trays. If you do so, no matter how good the impressions are, they simply will not be workable.