In order for your orthodontic treatment to be successful with clear aligners, you will be required to wear them for 22 hours a day. Today, our Delta dentists talk about what happens if you don't wear your Invisalign clear aligners as often as needed and what you can do if you get off track during treatment.
Invisalign Clear Aligners For Orthodontic Treatment
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that is commonly used to alter the appearance of the teeth of teens and young adults. The major appeal of Invisalign is how these clear aligners can fit into your lifestyle—they are discreet and can be removed for eating, drinking, and playing sports. However, it is imperative that you wear your Invisalign clear aligners for no less than 22 hours a day throughout treatment in order to have the desired results.
What To Expect If You Get Off Track With Invisalign Clear Aligners
If you aren't wearing your Invisalign clear aligners for the required amount of time, you may notice that your aligners aren't fitting as well as they should or that there are gaps between your teeth and the aligners.
Typically, each set of custom Invisalign trays is meant to be worn for 22 hours a day for a period of two weeks. If you aren't wearing your aligners enough, your teeth will not be moving as fast and aren’t as likely to keep up with the progression of your treatment.
What You Can Do If You Get Off Track
Life happens and sometimes you can get off track with your Invisalign treatment, here are some of the easy ways that you can help get yourself back on schedule:
Update your dentist as soon as you are off track with treatment
At the first sign that you may not be on track with your treatment, you should contact your vet and set up a visit to discuss your treatment plan. Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and give you advice on how to get back on track with your treatment.
Ask if you can return to your previous set of Invisalign clear aligners
It may be recommended that you backtrack to a previous set of clear aligners prior to continuing with the treatment as originally planned. This is so that when you switch to your new set your teeth are in the right position and treatment can successfully move forward. Your dentist will tell you which set to switch to and how long you should be wearing it.
Work with your dentist to ensure treatment success
If your previous sets are not fitting correctly, your dentist may need to revise your treatment plan and create a new set of aligners to get you back on track. The sooner you can see your dentist the better as you will be less likely to need an extensive revision to your treatment plan.
In order to make the most of your treatment and help it succeed you should keep your dentists up to date and continue working with them throughout treatment.