How to take your best impressions

How to take your best impressions

March 22, 2019

Your teeth are unique—just like you. That's why we can't use generic models to create your aligners. We need to understand how your teeth sit in your mouth right now, so we can start shifting you to a better smile.

Dental impressions help us do just that. And you can do them at home in just a few steps.

Don't worry. We'll be here to help if you get stuck. But we make the whole thing really easy. It'll be over before you know it.

Here's what to do.

Step 1: Brush and floss your teeth.

We are going to get up close and personal with your teeth during this process. We don't want food, plaque, or other bits and pieces to get in the way.

Pretend you're going to visit the dentist and scrub like you want to make a great first impression. When you're done, you're ready to get started.

Step 2: Put your gloves on.

You're going to perform a medical procedure. Gowning up is part of the process. We give you special gloves inside your impression kit. Wear them from start to finish.

Step 3: Mix your putty.

Your putty isn't premixed. You'll take care of that yourself. It's fun. We promise.

Grab your phone. Set a timer for 30 seconds. This stuff hardens fast, so you'll need to work quickly. When your timer goes off, you're done.

Here's how to do it:

When you're done, the putty in your hands will have a consistent sky-blue color.

Step 4: Roll up that putty.

You're ready to load your putty into a dental tray. To do that, roll up the stuff into a 4-inch-long cylinder—that's about the length of a toilet paper roll. If estimating isn't your thing, don't worry. We provide a measuring device in your kit.

Pop that roll into your dental tray, and grab your phone again. You'll need it for the next step.

Step 5: Work that tray.

Here comes the fun part:

Why should you use your thumbs when you have exceptional tools (your teeth!) to push into your tray? Good question. You don't bite down evenly. When you grip with those pearly whites, your tooth placement is distorted by pressure. Never bite as you make impressions. Always use your thumbs.

Set your phone timer for 3.5 minutes, and wait for the magic.

Step 6: Distract yourself.

We know. It's not natural to encase your teeth with goo. As you wait:

Don't wiggle your teeth or jiggle the tray. That ruins your impressions. Focus on something else, and the time will fly by.

Step 7: Let yourself drool.

A saliva-smeared smile is the goal here. Drool that runs out of your mouth doesn't run down your throat, and that means less gagging and choking.

Grab a towel and sop up. It's a super small sacrifice to make for that perfect smile. And no one will ever see it happen.

Step 8: Repeat.

You'll need two impressions of your top teeth and two impressions of your bottom teeth. It's built-in mistake protection. If one set isn't quite right, your dental team has another chance at perfection.

That's it! We've made this process as simple as possible, so you can get back to your hustle and we can get cracking on your new smile. What are you waiting for?

Check out our instructional video and order your kit today!