Are you wearing Invisalign ? If yes, are you enjoying the convenience of being able to remove it anytime you want ? However, removing clear aligners by your hands or finger nails can cause damage to your aligners and can even be unsanitary.
Dislodging aligners with finger nails can change the shape of the aligners and diminish their effectiveness.
Also using a plastic clear aligner remover can do more harm than good, as they are often poorly designed and cause aligner tearing, additionally they are disposable and will inevitably will turn into plastic waste. This is why the Bilingual Aligner Removal Tool (BART) was invented. Read on to learn more.
What is a Bilingual Aligner Removal Tool (BART)?
A Bilingual Aligner Removal Tool is a stainless steel appliance designed to dislodge your Invisalign (clear aligners) with ease, comfort and protection of essential attachments, which are critical to the success of treatment.
Why is BART Better than Other Aligner Removers?
1. Prevention of Excessive Force
A clear aligner's form, is critical in providing the forces required to move the teeth as predictably as feasible. The aligner will not apply the specified forces accurately if the form of the aligner is altered.
BART was designed to prevent excessive pressure on the aligners on the labial side, which is where the majority of the aligner pressures are expected to be applied. Previous devices on the market applied excessive force to the buccal face of the aligners, resulting in significant changes in aligner form and an increased risk of attachments coming off.
Because premolar and molar teeth have a wider undercut due to their buccal morphology, it takes more force to dislodge each aligner than if it were removed from the lingual or palatal side.
The BART device engages each aligner on the lingual or palatal side and enables fingertip control to gently dislodge and then roll out the aligner.
2. Product Design
A finger and thumb can grip the BART device, allowing only modest forces to be applied to the Invisalign aligner edge. Previous devices employed a ring pull handle, which causes patients to apply excessive effort with their arms and shoulders while in an inappropriate labial posture.
3. Prevention of Attachment Dislodgement
During clear alignment, composite attachments are placed on teeth to act as handles, allowing aligners to apply forces as efficiently as feasible. They can be difficult and time-consuming to place, and they are frequently removed by patients who use too much force when removing their aligners.
By dislodging the aligners from the lingual side and allowing them to be rolled out across the attachments, the BART device reduces the risk of attachment dislodgement.
4. Efficiency and Good for the Environment
BART devices are made of stainless steel that are durable, reusable and easy to clean so you won’t need to keep buying flimsy plastic removal tools.
How to Use BART
Upper aligner removal:
- Use your thumb and forefinger to grasp the handle of the BART device.
- Start with one side of the mouth. Engage the U-shaped hook of the BART device with the edge of the aligner (nearest to the gums on the palate side), as far back as is comfortable.
- Using finger pressure only, pull down initially and then out towards the cheeks to dislodge the aligner from the back teeth.
- Then move the U-shaped hook forwards, between the 2 premolars and dislodge this area with the same down and out motion.
- Next, move BART to the opposite side of the mouth and repeat the process.
- Move the tool closer to the front teeth area, pulling with the same motion, which should complete the removal of the aligners from the upper arch.
Lower arch removal:
- Repeat the same process as for the upper aligner but slide BART between your tongue and the inside of the aligner ( next to the gum).
- Once engaged with the edge of the aligner, simply dislodge it by pulling upwards and then rolling the aligner over the attachments and teeth.
- Repeat this process further towards the front of the aligner and on the other side of the mouth (if required).
How to Clean Your BART
It’s very easy to clean your Bilingual Aligner Removal Tool. You may simply put it in a dishwasher, or gently clean it with a clear aligner brush. You may also put it in an AsteraLign device (ultra violet LED) for 150 seconds.
So if you want to protect your clear aligners from damage, remove them with proper sanitation, and help the environment in the process, then you should have your own Bilingual Aligner Removal Tool.
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If you have more questions about the product, feel free to contact us.