How long do I have to wear Invisalign trays each day?

Woman putting on Invisalign | Temple TXThere are lots of advantages to choosing Invisalign adult orthodontics at Temple Dental Trails. The clear aligners are comfortable, discreet, and easy to wear.

What do patients enjoy most about Invisalign?

One of the main things our patients enjoy about Invisalign is the fact that they’re not fixed in the mouth. Since the aligners are removable, you can take a break once in a while when you brush and floss or during meals.

While this seems like a blessing, it can also be a curse; Invisalign aligners only work when you wear them. The recommended minimum wear time is 22 hours per day, but your goal should be to allow the aligners to do their job and remove them only for hygiene and meals.

Why is 22 hours recommended?

Teeth move during orthodontic treatment because of the constant pressure placed on them. Since bracket and wire braces are affixed to your teeth, they work 24/7. While Invisalign aligners are a convenient and comfortable treatment alternative, you must be compliant and wear them for at least 22 hours per day to see results in the shortest amount of time.

If you are going to commit to the Invisalign process, you owe it to yourself to follow all instructions to the letter. If you are considering orthodontics in Temple but think you’ll have trouble with compliance, Dr. Rich would be happy to sit down with you to see if you’re a candidate for one of our other options including Six Month Smiles and traditional braces.

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