How Often Are Invisalign Retainers Changed During Teeth Straightening?

How Often Are Invisalign Retainers Changed During Teeth Straightening? from Visalia Care Dental in Visalia, CAFor many patients, Invisalign® treatment is a good alternative to traditional braces. Treatment time is often shorter, and patients can maintain better oral hygiene during the process. This type of orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth. The patient wears the trays for 20-22 hours a day, only removing them for eating and oral hygiene routines. The aligners put pressure on the teeth to move them into the correct position, and the patient changes aligner trays periodically so that movement keeps occurring.

Guidelines for changing Invisalign® aligners

The patient changes Invisalign® trays based on the dentist's recommendation. This varies based on the patient's length of treatment and amount of orthodontic movement necessary.

Standard timeline for aligner wear

Typically, patients start by wearing aligners for two weeks at a time. After getting accustomed to wearing the trays, the patient may be able to change aligners sooner than two weeks. This depends on how quickly the teeth are moving into the right position. The patient may initially switch to 10-day changes, and if that goes well, the dentist may recommend weekly changes.

One of the main benefits of Invisalign® over regular braces is treatment time can be halved if the patient is compliant. Instead of visiting the dental professional only once a month to tighten braces, the patient can have new orthodontic movement happening every week.

When to change aligners more frequently

Many patients wonder when it is time to switch to weekly aligner changes instead of biweekly ones. While this varies in each case, there are a few signs to watch for. The aligners may start feeling loose after a few days, and the patient may not feel pressure on the teeth anymore. These are signs the patient's teeth are moving according to the treatment plan, so aligners can be changed more frequently.

Patients may also want to speed up treatment if there is a special event coming up, such as a wedding. With regular braces, altering treatment time is usually not possible. However, with Invisalign®, this is an option the patient and dentist can discuss. 

What to do if trays do not fit

Sometimes, teeth do not move into the expected position on the expected timeline. When this happens, the patient may have to wear each set of aligners for a longer period of time. The dentist can check to see that the teeth are moving into position with each new Invisalign® tray, a process called tracking. If the teeth are not tracking, the tray may not fit well on the teeth. If the correct movements do not start occurring, the dentist simply requests a revision of the patient's case. In this scenario, the patient gets all-new aligners so that the process can continue to go smoothly.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces in Visalia, CA

Conclusion

Invisalign® is an attractive tooth-straightening treatment option for those who want to avoid traditional braces. When patients is compliant with all aspects of treatment, including aligner wear time, they can look forward to a beautiful smile.

Request an appointment or call Visalia Care Dental at 559-975-1213 for an appointment in our Visalia office.

Recent Posts

How Invisalign Is More Convenient Than Traditional Braces

You may know that Invisalign® is different than traditional braces, but you may not know all the reasons why. Both Invisalign and traditional braces straighten your teeth and correct other issues, but in very different ways. For many, Invisalign aligners are a great choice to straighten the teeth without visible brackets and wires. There are…

After Invisalign Treatment: Wearing A Tray At Night

In recent years, Invisalign® has become increasingly popular to straighten misaligned teeth. There are many benefits of this type of orthodontic treatment over traditional braces. Patients can remove the aligners to brush and floss the teeth, making oral hygiene measures much easier. Treatment time is often shorter, and the clear trays are not as noticeable…

Fewer Repairs With Invisalign Than Braces

Invisalign® and braces are very different tools that can give patients an even smile with straightened teeth. Because patients must wear teeth alignment devices for a while, you might wonder if you will need repairs to your device. Patients often wonder if one type of device needs more repairing than another. For most patients, one…

Recent Posts

What If A Dental Issue Is Found At A Dental Checkup?

What If A Dental Issue Is Found At A Dental Checkup?

Getting a regular dental checkup is critical for good oral health. But what if there is an issue at the appointment? The good news is the dentist has the right training and tools to fix nearly any problem. Keep reading to learn more.Getting dental checkups regularly allows patients to get the teeth cleaned well. That…

What To Expect At A Dental Checkup

What To Expect At A Dental Checkup

If you have never seen a dentist, it has been a long time since your last visit, or perhaps you had a bad experience at some point, it would help a lot to know what to expect at a dental checkup. Dental professionals work hard to put every client at ease. Regardless of the treatment…