If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, you may be wondering how often you need to wear your aligners to see results. The truth is that patient compliance is one of the most critical factors in achieving the desired outcome of Invisalign treatment. Discover the significance of compliance during orthodontic treatment as you read on, with insights from Dr. Dennis Flanagan at Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS.
Wearing Your Aligners
To be effective, Invisalign aligners need to be worn as often as possible, typically for 20 to 22 hours a day. You can remove them when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, but the more you wear them, the faster and more successful your treatment will be. If you don’t wear your aligners consistently, your teeth may not move as intended, and treatment time may be prolonged.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
Good oral hygiene is also essential during Invisalign treatment. Proper brushing and flossing habits, combined with regular dental cleanings, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When aligners are removed for eating and drinking, it’s essential to brush your teeth before putting them back in to prevent bacteria buildup and keep your aligners clean.
After your Invisalign treatment is complete, you’ll need to wear a retainer to maintain your newly aligned teeth. Retainers can be either permanent or removable, and patient compliance is crucial for long-term success. Wearing your retainer as directed by your orthodontist will help prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions, ensuring that you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.