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Wearing Invisalign Aligners for 22 Hours A Day: Is It Necessary?

Wearing Invisalign Aligners for 22 Hours A Day: Is It Necessary?

Posted by:  Admin
20th November, 2020

There is no doubt that Invisalign has made a significant impact in orthodontic treatment by providing a hassle-free crooked teeth correction for patients. Most significantly, Invisalign trays are not easily visible in comparison to conventional metal braces.

Should you be interested in straightening misshapen teeth, feel free to contact our team at the Museum Dental Suites. Our doctors will tell you everything you need to know before placing an order for your first set of aligners. It is a regular practice that patients using trays should comply with the recommended rule of keeping aligners in for 20 to 22 hours.

But Why Are These 22 Hours Of Wearing Aligners Important?

By way of design, Invisalign corrects the teeth by gradually shifting them into position with minimal movements. Because of this, it takes some months to ensure you feel less pain during the period of your treatment. As patients change trays, the teeth become straighter. This implies that it is only when your teeth are in contact with the aligners that teeth straightening happens. For this reason, wearing Invisalign aligners 22 hours a day is highly encouraged.

Invisalign hopes that patients would get optimum results by following this instruction. If this rule is not obeyed, it can cause delayed treatment accompanied by complications and discomfort.

What Are The Consequences Of Not Adhering To The Wearing Instruction?

Like we said before, non-compliance with the 22 hours rule will make difficult complications to arise including:

  1. Prolonged treatment period and results- The immediate effect of not wearing trays is uneasiness. When you do not adhere to this rule for a long time, your teeth won't get straightened as it is supposed to when due. At your consultation, you will be told that treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete. Routine checkups will be done to see how well the teeth is moving. Should there be no sufficient movement due to failure to wear trays for 22 hours, you may have to continue with the present trays for an extended period. If relapse has occurred (your teeth has returned to its former crooked state), your trays have to be remade.
  2. Discomfort- During the first few days of having your Invisalign braces in your mouth, you will feel slight pain as the pressure moves the teeth. In the face of this, it's key to ensure the trays are worn for 20 hours daily. Need to eat, drink, or snack? You can take out the trays. But if it stays outside your mouth for a long time, your teeth will relapse. You may not notice this; however, when you put the aligners back on, the discomfort might increase a little. Prevent this by complying with the rule.

Tips For Invisalign Wearers

  • Wear a new set of trays at night to sleep through the discomfort
  • Repairing damaged aligners isn't good
  • If you can't find your trays or they are damaged, see your orthodontist
  • Know that you'll experience slight soreness and discomfort
  • Get a mouthguard tray to place aligners when not in use

Achieve A Healthier Smile With Invisalign

Should you be seeking teeth straightening, contact Museum Dental Suites today. Our orthodontist can provide six months smile and invisalign for quicker results. Remember that sticking to the rule of having your aligners in for 22 hours a day will correct your smile within the stipulated timeframe, and you won't feel very uncomfortable. For more information and to get started, don't waste any time to reach out to us. Your teeth deserve the best treatment, and we have got you covered.



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