Whether you already have Invisalign aligners or you’re thinking of getting them, you probably know that they are not just clear and customised, but you can also remove them to eat and drink, but you may be asking, “How Often Should I Wear My Invisalign Aligners?”
You must wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day so that they can work efficiently and straighten your teeth properly. It sounds like a long time, but it’s important to wear them for that long each day so as not to compromise your overall treatment and how long you have to wear them overall.
The Invisalign aligners should stay in your mouth as much as you possibly can for the overall treatment to be a success. That being said, you can and should temporarily remove the aligners when eating, brushing, and flossing. This is one of the greatest advantages that Invisalign has over traditional metal braces. Unlike the traditional variety, you are not limited to what you can eat when you have Invisalign aligners, just as long as you remove them when eating.
The entire Invisalign treatment takes about 12 months. This period can be longer or shorter depending on your unique situation and how misaligned your teeth are, as well as how long you leave the aligners in every day. The aligner tray should be replaced every two weeks throughout your treatment period.
If you fail to wear your Invisalign aligners for less than 20 to 22 hours each day, your teeth will not move into the proper position for your next set of aligner trays. It will also take longer to position your teeth correctly, so you will land up having to wear your aligners for a longer period of time.
However, you can remove the aligners for short periods of time. Other than for eating, brushing, and flossing, you can remove the aligners when you want to play a musical instrument or even contact sports.
Just remember to keep a protective case with you so you can always place your aligners somewhere safe.