Staying compliant to the Invisalign treatment schedule set out by your orthodontist at the outset of treatment, can save you a lot of time – and money.
What does “compliance to treatment” mean?
When we say “compliance to treatment”, what we mean is the extent to which you do what your orthodontist has prescribed.
Invisalign aligners must be worn full time. That means 22 hours a day, every day, for the duration of treatment.
If you follow that instruction, then you are compliant, and your Invisalign treatment should go according to plan.
If you take your aligners out more frequently and for longer periods of time than prescribed, then you will likely run into problems. Your treatment will end up taking longer than expected, and your teeth may shift out of position, meaning you could need extra aligners in order to finish treatment. Not being compliant can get expensive!
That’s why it’s so important to wear your aligners full time. Your dentist designs your treatment plan around the presumption that you will be compliant, so if you don’t think that you will be able to resist the urge to remove your aligners, you might be better off with braces, which cannot be removed.