Following your dentist's instructions will make a big difference in the success of your Invisalign treatment. Here, our dentists share how many hours you should wear your clears aligners and why.
The entire length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on how misaligned your teeth are and how long you leave your aligners in each day. The only way to know for sure is to visit your dentist.
Regardless of your treatment length, Invisalign aligners should be worn between 20 to 22 hours per day. Essentially, they should remain in your mouth as much as possible for the treatment to be effective.
That being said, aligners can be temporarily removed when eating, brushing, and flossing. Unlike traditional braces, you are not limited to what you can eat as long as you remove them first.
While this freedom to take your aligners in and out is one of the reasons Invisalign is so popular, it’s critical not to abuse the privilege.
Leaving your Invisalign aligners out for too long will impact your treatment progress. The less you wear your aligners, the longer your orthodontic treatment will take.
Be sure to follow your dentist's instructions when wearing Invisalign to achieve a straighter smile.