When Should Invisalign® Aligners Be Removed from the Mouth?

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For many patients, one of the most inconvenient aspects of traditional metal braces is the fact that they interfere with everyday activities, like brushing, flossing, taking photos, and even playing a musical instrument properly. At Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates, Farmingdale, NY, dentist Dr. Angela Ferrari understands how disruptive traditional metal braces can be for certain patients and is proud to offer Invisalign treatment as a convenient and discreet solution. Oftentimes, the first questions patients ask about Invisalign treatment is how long they’ll need to wear their aligners each day and when it may be appropriate to remove them. Find the answers to these Invisalign FAQs and others here.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment that is often seen as a more desirable alternative to traditional metal braces for patients who are eligible for both. The Invisalign treatment process involves wearing clear plastic trays — called aligners — around the clock, though they can be removed for certain activities. At regular intervals of approximately 1 – 2 weeks, patients will switch to a new set of aligners that has slight adjustments compared to the previous set. Over time, this works to gradually shift the teeth into better alignment.

How long do you have to wear Invisalign aligners each day?

Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for at least 20 – 22 hours per day to achieve optimal results in the expected time frame.

When can I take my Invisalign trays out?

While it is essential that Invisalign trays are worn for the recommended amount of time each day and night, patients can enjoy the opportunity to remove their aligners periodically to make certain activities more comfortable and easier. Some of the situations when it is appropriate to take your Invisalign trays out include:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Having your photo taken
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Playing sports (to wear a protective athletic mouth guard instead)

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

When Invisalign aligners are worn for the recommended amount of time each day, most patients can expect their treatment to take about 12 – 18 months. This can vary from person to person based on their adherence to the treatment instructions, the extent of their misalignment, and other individual factors.

Do I qualify for Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign aligners are considered a suitable option for a wide variety of patients with mild to moderate orthodontic needs, including crooked teeth and bite misalignment. Patients with more extensive or complicated issues, including severely misaligned teeth, a prominent overbite or underbite, and others, may require another orthodontic option that could potentially be followed by Invisalign treatment. During your initial consultation for Farmingdale, NY, Invisalign treatment, Dr. Ferrari will closely examine your dental and oral structure and determine whether Invisalign trays or another treatment option may be most appropriate and effective for you.

Enjoy a straight smile more conveniently than ever with Invisalign treatment in Farmingdale, NY

If you are self-conscious about your crooked teeth but don’t want the hassle, discomfort, and aesthetic downsides of traditional metal braces, you may be excited to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign aligners. Take the first step toward a smile you’ll love by calling Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates to schedule your consultation for Invisalign treatment in Farmingdale, NY, with Dr. Angela Ferrari today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.