Whether you have Invisalign or are considering beginning your journey with this treatment, you may be wondering how long you actually have to wear your aligners.
Aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours each day. This means you can remove them for no longer than two hours per day. How long you wear your aligners can affect the length of your treatment time, which can take between six and 12 months, depending on your unique case.
Invisalign aligners are designed to put constant pressure on your teeth to move them into place slowly. Keeping the aligners out for more than you should each day slows down the movement and progression of your teeth. This can lead to you wearing your aligners for longer than your orthodontics anticipated initially.
Wearing your aligners the proper way will allow you to achieve a straighter smile. You can enjoy the benefits Invisalign has over traditional braces since your aligners can be removed for eating r drinking, but you must take responsibility to ensure you’re wearing them for 22 hours a day.
It can be difficult to develop good oral care habits. AS you wear your aligners, you will need to get used to only taking them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth during the day. Developing these short-term habits will provide you will long-term benefits and a straighter, healthier smile.
Typically, Invisalign and traditional braces take the same amount of time for the same orthodontic issues. In some cases, metal braces work faster. Lifestyle plays a major role in which treatment you choose because Invisalign offers more freedom.
When you visit your orthodontist, you can expect the appointment length to be the same as someone with metal braces. Metal braces are tightened every two to three weeks, and you will change your aligners every two weeks or so.
At King Orthodontics, we can provide you with a consultation where we will evaluate your smile and determine if Invisalign can help you achieve your goals. Contact us today to set up an appointment!