Patients who need to see a cosmetic dentist for teeth straightening have multiple options to choose from. Clear aligners have become a popular option due to the numerous benefits the aligners provide to patients. Clear aligners, which are transparent plastic trays that are used to move teeth into a new position by exerting gentle pressure,…
How Long do Patients Wear Each Invisalign Tray?
For patients that are ready to get any gaps in their teeth closed, straightened and aligned, the ever-advancing world we live has given us Invisalign. It is one of the leading routes for people looking to get straight teeth.
The Invisalign treatment is completed using a set of clear aligners, which are then put on in a specific timeline. This helps shape the smile you want over time. There are also some great benefits for using Invisalign treatment instead of other popular methods. Once the treatment is completed, the patient will have straight teeth and no gaps.
How does Invisalign® work?
The Invisalign treatment works by using a sequence of clear trays that the dental professional will fit specifically for the client. The patient will wear them between 20-22 hours a day. Over the course of 12 to 18 months, the patient will begin to notice their teeth are moving closer together and gaps are becoming less and less!
The clear aligners will begin their work by causing slight movement in the teeth. Since each aligner is custom made for the patient, it is extremely detailed and provides a specific method for each individual's needs. One aspect that also makes Invisalign a good option is that they typically are faster than traditional braces.
How long should someone wear the Invisalign aligners?
One thing for people to remember is that, during the Invisalign treatment, the most important thing is for the aligners to be worn for the correct amount of time. The minimum amount of time that the aligners should be worn each day is 20 hours.
Taking the clear Invisalign aligners out during sports or eating is crucial. These events have a higher risk of the aligner becoming cracked or stained. However, by following these guidelines for removing them during impact sports and eating you will almost eliminate this from being a possibility.
When should Invisalign trays be replaced?
Having good communication with your dentist during the Invisalign treatment is vital. How long each tray is worn will be consulted with your dentist and is typically either two to four weeks between trays.
Once a tray has been worn for the correct amount of time, it is important to switch to the next appropriate tray in the sequence to ensure the proper trajectory.
Have more Invisalign questions?
Having straight teeth is a luxury for anyone at any age. Luckily, Invisalign provides an alternative to traditional metal braces. Using the Invisalign treatment means that you will get to avoid having wires and metal fasteners in your mouth. You will never have to worry about a wire breaking and damaging the gums or cheeks.
Do you have additional questions about how Invisalign and the treatment procedure go? Give our office a call; our staff is always ready to answer additional questions or concerns. We are always excited to help guide patients to make the best decisions for their teeth, gums and overall oral health. Talk to you soon!
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