Following your dentist's instructions is key to the success of your Invisalign treatment. Here's a little about how many hours you should wear your clears aligners and why.
How long you leave your aligners in each day as well as how misaligned your teeth are, will dictate the overall timeframe of your Invisalign treatment.
No matter how long your dentist anticipates your treatment length will be, it's important to wear your Invisalign aligners for between 20 to 22 hours per day. Your aligners should remain in your mouth as much as possible for the treatment to be effective.
Your aligners can be removed briefly when eating, brushing, and flossing, and unlike traditional braces, you're not limited to what you can eat as long as you remove your aligners first.
The freedom to take your aligners in and out is one of the reasons Invisalign is so popular, but it’s critical not to abuse this advantage.
Leaving your Invisalign aligners out for too long will negatively impact your treatment progress. The less you wear your aligners, the longer your orthodontic treatment will take.
To keep your treatment on track, and to achieve a straighter smile, be sure to follow your dentist's instructions when wearing Invisalign.