Impressions Instructions

Taking your impressions is quick and easy!

Instructions:

1. Mix the putty fast to avoid that the material gets hard (45 seconds max).

2. Spread the material evenly in the tray (15 seconds max). We need to be able to see the gum line of all your teeth (front and molars) in your impression. 

3. Insert the tray vertically into your mouth without hitting the walls of the tray. 

4. Press with your thumbs until your teeth (front and molars) contact the bottom of the tray to avoid shallow impressions (hold for 3.5 minutes).

5. Remove the tray from your mouth vertically (in the same direction that you pressed with your thumbs) to avoid that your impressions are affected during the process of removing the tray. Please don't remove the impression material from the tray.

Mistakes to Avoid When Taking Your Impressions:

Incorrect tray size

If you take an impression with a tray that’s too small it won’t fully capture the teeth and gum line, either at the sides or at the back, you will see the molars are missing. Check the fit by placing an empty tray in your mouth. It shouldn’t touch or pinch the outer edges of your teeth, and should cover at least 2 of your molars. Trays come in small, medium, and large sizes, so contact supoort@joinclearclub.com if you need a different size and we’ll ship a new tray to you.

Improper putty mixing

The base and catalyst must be fully mixed so it’s one solid color. If there are any swirls of the original putty colors, the putty won’t fully set, so it can’t completely capture your impressions. Always be sure to mix thoroughly until you’ve achieved one solid color.

Tray movement

Keep your tray steady when taking impressions. Otherwise, you can create a double imprint of your teeth and gums, or your teeth can scrape along the putty, distorting their actual length and shape. Once you feel the putty on your gums and your teeth have come in light contact with the bottom of the tray, don’t move or adjust the tray. If you need to stabilize the tray, use your thumbs to gently hold the top tray in place.

Too shallow

You need to bite deep enough into the putty to fully capture your gum line. It’s not enough to simply capture the tips of your teeth. Gently bite all the way down until you feel your teeth come in light contact with the bottom of the tray. You should feel the putty enveloping your teeth and reaching up to your gums.

Not seated evenly

Make sure both the front and back sides of your mouth are captured in the putty by applying enough pressure throughout when you bite down. Your impression should include your back molars in order for us to get a full picture of your mouth. The putty will come out of the back and over the sides of the tray as you bite. You should feel it on your gums at the back of your mouth.

Tray not centered

Line up your teeth over the center of the tray before you bite down. If your teeth are too far to one side or too far forward or backward, you’ll have an unusable impression.

Removed too early

The tray needs to remain in your mouth for at least 3.5 minutes. If you take it out too early, your teeth will drag along the putty, distorting the length of your teeth and your gum line.

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