If you are a candidate for Invisalign, you’re probably trying to figure out how this type of treatment actually straightens your teeth.
The Truth About Invisalign: It’s Simple!
You wear a set of Invisalign aligner trays for two weeks at a time. Every tray is made to help move your teeth slightly straighter than the previous tray. Over the course of two weeks, your teeth will actually move about 1/10mm.
Most people will have to wear the aligners close to full time, which is 20-22 hours a day. If you don’t, your teeth will not be moving to the correct position for that particular tray, and when you are ready to use the next set, the trays will not fit.
A major advantage with Invisalign is being able to take the trays out to eat. You’ll also be asked to take them out to brush and floss your teeth, and you’ll need to clean the aligners at the same time.
After Invisalign, It’s Time for a Retainer!
Once we use your final trays, it is time for a retainer. Most Invisalign patients decide to wear a clear plastic retainer, similar to the Invisalign trays. Some people may choose to get a fixed retainer on the inside of their lower front teeth. This is a wire that goes across the inside of your lower front teeth. We’ll discuss the best options for you, but typically a retainer is worn full-time for two months, then cut back gradually to just wearing it while sleeping.
Patients will often ask why they need to wear a retainer. Your body is in a constant motion of change; and it continues as we age. This includes your teeth. Also, biting and chewing can put a lot of pressure on your teeth, and over time, these forces can move your teeth around.
You’ll have put in the time and effort, so why not do everything you can to be sure your teeth stay straight once there.