How Often Should I Wear my Invisalign® Aligners?
At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics, we're excited to offer a range of modern, clinically proven orthodontic options to correct structural issues and give you a winning smile. First impressions count, and the first thing many people notice is one's smile. We offer a full spectrum of dental and orthodontic treatments in Wyomissing, PA.
Plus, you or your loved ones can enjoy a complimentary consultation for new patients without even leaving your house, as both in-person and virtual appointments are available. Simply contact us today to explore your options.
The importance of Invisalign aligners
Proper dental alignment is a must. Not only for top-notch aesthetics and a fabulous smile but also for health reasons. If one's teeth harbor gaps or are not properly spaced, the adjacent teeth will likely begin "migrating" toward these vacant spaces. This could trigger a runaway effect that extends throughout the mouth, leading to widespread misalignment, resulting in a faulty bite, pain, and difficulty chewing or speaking.
Alternatively, if the teeth are overcrowded, their surfaces become inaccessible. Without the ability to properly clean these surfaces, bacterial populations fester. The result is cavities and other forms of tooth decay, which can have destructive effects on various dental tissues, including the gums, connective tissues, and even jawbone.
How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners must be worn every day for most of the day. However, this isn't as restrictive as it may sound. For one, they're incredibly discreet. And unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not usually cause pain. Your state-of-the-art aligners are designed to only shift your teeth a fraction of an inch at a time, offering gentler results. Gentler though potentially expedited results since Invisalign treatment typically outpaces the progress of braces.
Best yet, your Invisalign aligners are removable. So, you'll be able to take them out to clean your teeth, play sports or instruments, or for special events. Also, you'll have no food restrictions. Since you can remove them for meals, you're free to eat whatever you like.
Overall, you'll generally have your aligners in for 20 – 22 hours per day. You'll receive a new set of aligners every few weeks, and we'll check your progress every 4 – 6 weeks to ensure everything is progressing smoothly. The total treatment time may be 1– 2 years, depending on your dental physiology and cosmetic goals. However, we'll be able to give you a more specific timeline after we tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs.
Invisalign aligners offer effective and efficient orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages
Whether dealing with crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, bite problems, overcrowding, or aesthetic issues, we would love to help formulate the optimal solution for a more beautiful, healthier smile.
You can set up yourself (or your loved one) for a lifetime of attractive smiles and orthodontic wellness by getting in touch with us today at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics. Or, come see us in Wyomissing, PA for an in-person appointment.