How Often Should I Wear My Invisalign Aligners?

Whether you already have Invisalign* aligners or you’re thinking of getting them, you probably know that they are not just clear and customised, but you can also remove them to eat and drink. You must wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day so that they can work efficiently and straighten your teeth properly. It sounds like a long time, but it’s important to wear them for that long each day.

Remove Your Aligners to Eat, Brush, and Floss

The Invisalign* aligners should stay in your mouth as much as possible for the overall treatment to be a success and to not risk delay to treatment. That being said, you can and should temporarily remove the aligners when eating, brushing, and flossing. This is one of the greatest advantages that Invisalign* has over traditional metal braces. Unlike the traditional variety, you are not limited to what you can eat during Invisalign* treatment, just as long as you remove them when eating.

Overall Invisalign* Treatment Duration

The entire Invisalign* treatment takes about 12 months, dependant on the severity of your case. This period can be longer or shorter depending on your unique situation and how misaligned your teeth are, as well as how long you leave the aligners in every day. The trays should be replaced for the next series approximately every two weeks throughout your treatment period.

Consequences for Not Wearing Your Aligners

If you fail to wear your Invisalign* aligners for less than 20 to 22 hours each day, your teeth will not move into the proper position ready for your next set of aligner trays. It will also take longer to position your teeth correctly, so you will land up having to wear your aligners for a longer period of time.

However, you can remove the aligners for short periods of time. Other than for eating, brushing, and flossing, you can remove the aligners when you want to play a musical instrument or contact sports. Just remember to keep a protective case with you so you can always place your aligners somewhere safe

Book an orthodontic assessment at Fine Orthodontics to discuss whether Invisalign* is the right treatment for you and your lifestyle.


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