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How to make a good dental impression

If you’re ready to try out invisible braces from become, you could get started by creating a dental impression at home with our Impression Kit!

become invisible braces work by applying pressure at the base of your teeth, so they have to fit snugly on your teeth. Your dental impressions are used to create a 3D model of your mouth to ensure that perfect fit, hence it has to accurately capture both your teeth and gum line. 

All you have to do is simply follow the easy steps below, and you’ll be well on your way to making a great first impression. Bright lights, some space and a mirror will come in handy, so the bathroom or bedroom might be the best place to start. Make sure your impression materials are at room temperature before you begin as air conditioning may cause the putty to harden even quicker. Before you start, get a timer ready, brush and floss your teeth, and wash and dry your hands before putting on the provided gloves. Let’s begin, shall we?

Check your tray size

Take one of the mouth trays and check the size by putting it in your mouth. If it’s too large to be fitted into your mouth or doesn’t cover up 2 of your back molars, let our Smile Companion know right away.

Start mixing the putty

To mix the putty, put the provided gloves on and mix the white putty with the purple putty until they are one solid color. The mixed putty shouldn’t have any swirls of white and purple. If you don’t mix it thoroughly, the putty won’t capture your impressions accurately.

Pro tip: The easiest way to mix putty is to fold them both over and over again with your fingertips, like you’re folding 2 pieces of paper. This should take about 40 seconds.

Mold the putty

Once you mix the putties together, roll the blended putty between your hands to create a uniform cylinder that is 4 inches long. This should take about 10 seconds.

Place the putty roll into the tray

Pack the putty roll into the tray, filling the entire U-shape (all the way to the back). Don’t flatten the putty once it’s in the tray. This would take about 10 seconds as well. Do take note that you only have 1 minute to go from step 1 to step 4. The putty starts to set after 1 minute.

Make a good impression

Once the putty is fully mixed and in the tray, place the tray in your mouth and use your fingers to press the tray onto your upper teeth. It is important to NOT bite down but to just push the tray onto your teeth with your fingers to ensure that the putty covers your teeth evenly. Pull your lip over the tray and hold the tray in place for 3 minutes to let the putty harden. You can kick back and relax, hum a tune or watch funny cat videos while you wait. Once 3 minutes has passed and the putty has set, use the tab to gently remove the tray from your mouth.

Tip: You need to push the tray down deep enough to fully capture your gum line as you should feel the putty push up out of the tray, enveloping your teeth and reaching up to your gums. For your lower impressions, it helps to stick your tongue over the top of the tray while taking your dental impressions.

Repeat

Now you’ll repeat once more for your upper teeth and twice more for your lower teeth. We need all 4 impressions to accurately learn more about your smile.

Send your impressions over

Great job! Now without removing the putty from the trays, simply put the impression trays in the envelope provided. Discard (or recycle) the putty buckets and the rest of the contents. The return shipping label is provided in the Kit box, so just drop it in any mailbox – and you’re well on your way to your new smile!

Bonus: Prefer watching a video over reading? Check out our video guide on how to make a good dental impression:

And that’s it! Taking your dental impressions at home is easy as 1,2,3. Get started with our Impression Kit – it has all the essentials you need to create your dental impressions in just 20 minutes from the comfort of your own home. Order your kit today!

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How to care for your invisible braces

Everyone needs a little TLC – and so do your invisible braces. As you’ll be wearing your invisible braces pretty much all the time, we’re here to give you some tips on how to take care of them so they stay clean, clear and comfortable to wear!

Rinse and Repeat

The only time you’ll remove your invisible braces is when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. Before putting your them back into your mouth, rinse your invisible braces with cold water to keep them clean. This will prevent dried saliva from building up on the invisible braces, which can cause bacteria to form. Keep your mouth healthy by keeping your invisible braces clean. However, avoid rinsing your invisible braces in hot water. The high heat can damage the plastic and ruin your invisible braces.

Brush & Floss before wearing

After you eat, make sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting your invisible braces back in. If you don’t, food particles can get trapped between your invisible braces and your teeth, which can lead to dental problems. Remember, a clean mouth is a happy mouth – plus you don’t want that piece of spinach stuck in your teeth for the world to see 😉

Clean with soap, not toothpaste.

To clean your invisible braces, remember to use clear antibacterial soap and not toothpaste. Toothpaste can be abrasive against the thermoplastic, which may scratch your invisible braces – and coloured antibacterial soaps may stain your invisible braces into a different colour. We know that invisible braces are favoured for their transparency and scratches can be easily visible when wearing them on your teeth. So keep them transparent and clear by cleaning them the proper way!

Keep it in

When you take your invisible braces off to eat and drink, remember to store them away in the storage capsule included with your invisible braces set. Leaving your invisible braces in the open exposes them to harmful germs and bacteria – and you also risk misplacing them by accident!

Invisible braces can be a great way to straighten your smile discreetly. Taking the time to properly clean and care for your invisible braces can help smoothen your smile journey to get the smile of your dreams. become makes it easy for you to straighten your smile with invisible braces at 65% less than other methods. Your treatment will be prescribed and monitored remotely by our orthodontist team so you’ll never have to step foot into a clinic. Take our free 30s Smile Assessment to see if our invisible braces are a good fit for you!