04 Jun Can I just wear Invisalign at night?
Patients tend to choose the Invisalign system to straighten their teeth because of the convenience that this treatment offers in comparison to conventional orthodontic appliances.
Invisalign repositions the teeth using a series of progressive trays made of a clear plastic material, rather than standard metal brackets and wires used in other orthodontic interventions.
The patient’s dentist will provide a schedule for swapping out the trays, which generally happens every two weeks or so. Adhering to that schedule is the key to getting the desired outcomes from Invisalign.
Patients also must be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time each day, generally between 20 and 22 hours each day. The patient is responsible for following the dentist’s instructions in using the trays properly. Patients must wear the trays during the day as well as at night in order to move their teeth. [pullquote]Adhering to that schedule is the key to getting the desired outcomes from Invisalign.[/pullquote]
As a reward, their teeth will move more quickly (in some cases as little as a year) during treatment than they would with standard orthodontics.
There’s really no need to avoid wearing the trays, either. Although some Invisalign patients may be reluctant to wear their trays all day, the trays have minimal impact on day-to-day activities. They can be removed at mealtime and for brushing and flossing.
In fact, removable trays have a significant advantage over brackets and wires. Patients don’t have to restrict their diets, and they can easily brush and floss their teeth just as they have always done.
The rest of the time, you’ll barely even remember that you’re wearing the trays at all. Plus, since Invisalign doesn’t intrude on your smile’s appearance, no one else will realize that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, either.
To get the desired results from your Invisalign trays, it’s important to wear them almost the entire day, removing the trays only when it’s time to eat or brush and floss your teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about how to wear your Invisalign trays, be sure to ask our dentist by calling 512-200-7422 today.