Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can be removed, so how well/quickly it works will depend somewhat on your habits and behaviors. Your orthodontist will recommend how often Invisalign needs to be kept in each day. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
Some patients are told they can remove Invisalign for two hours each day, others get a four-hour window. Generally, anything over four hours may extend the amount of time you need to wear Invisalign.
Most people don’t need to take out Invisalign for more than four hours. The only times Invisalign truly needs to be removed are for eating and brushing/flossing (although special occasions might warrant removal from time to time).
Overall, traditional braces are worn longer than Invisalign, but that’s also because braces are reserved for more extensive tooth maneuvering. Whether you have braces or Invisalign, you want to maximize the benefits and avoid having to get orthodontics again in the future.
Clean and Tidy
Great oral hygiene is key for maximizing the benefits of orthodontics. Luckily for Invisalign users, you can remove the aligners for brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. If you don’t brush at least two minutes per day twice per day, you should start. Plaque buildup, gum disease and bacterial growth can alter how effective orthodontics are.
Make sure to brush at a 45-degree angle to get below the gumline, and floss up and down rather than sawing side to side.
Invisalign users also see their orthodontist less often than those with braces do. Still, you’ll have regular appointments while having orthodontics. Never skip these appointments. If you have an ortho meeting every six weeks, missing just one means you’re going three full months without your orthodontist checking your progress.
A lot can happen in three months — for better or for worse.
When you get Invisalign, you have a schedule of when aligners are changed. Stick to that schedule closely.
For teens, the Invisalign Teen program gives you six free aligner replacements, so don’t be shy if you lose one. It’s much better to tell your parents and/or orthodontist so that you can keep to the schedule. Otherwise, your progress might stagnate or even reverse.
Slowly coaxing your teeth into alignment requires special planning and staying with the program your orthodontist created.
It’s very tempting for some patients to remove Invisalign for several hours each day — or even several days! This can ultimately make the orthodontics useless.
Getting Invisalign is no easy decision, even though for many it’s a much simpler process than braces. Contact Johnson Elite Orthodontics today for your Invisalign or braces consultation, and find out if this nearly invisible option is the right one for you.