What Could Prolong My Invisalign® Treatment?
The amount of time necessary for your Invisalign™ treatment will vary surrounding your needs and how well you follow the program. It can typically take about 12 to 18 months to complete the treatment, although every patient’s needs are different. Our team at Made Ya Smile of Friendswood, TX can conduct a thorough exam of your smile during a consultation and plan a suitable Invisalign treatment that will correct your teeth and give you the best results.
You could spend more time with your Invisalign treatment plan than necessary if you do not follow the process as directed by your dentist. Here are a few things to watch out for so you don’t prolong your Invisalign treatment.
Not wearing your aligners
Your Invisalign aligners are critical to helping you correct your teeth. Our team can prepare a series of aligners based on how you’re advancing through the treatment. You’ll need to keep wearing your aligners to help your teeth shift to their correct positions.
We recommend wearing your aligners for at least twenty hours a day, as you can still remove them for eating, drinking, or brushing. But you must also keep your aligners in your teeth throughout the day to improve how well your teeth will move into position.
Not correctly wearing the aligners
Sometimes your aligners might not fit in your mouth as well as they should. They could be slightly bent or dented, or you might struggle to figure out how to use them. Our dentists at Made Ya Smile can check your aligners and see if they are damaged, ill-fitting, or require replacing. We can also provide guidance on how to wear your aligners the right way and what to do if they don’t fit well.
Not cleaning your aligners
Sometimes your aligners might be too dirty, as particles and other items might keep your aligners from fitting in place and being effective enough. You’ll need to clean your aligners each day to preserve them and ensure they fit well. Brushing your aligners and rinsing them out can help clear them of debris, plus they can reduce the risk of your aligners causing your teeth to become discolored.
Not wearing a retainer
You will likely require a retainer following the Invisalign treatment process to ensure your teeth will not shift back to their old places. Not wearing a retainer can reverse some of the results, making it where you might need new aligners even after finishing the initial process.
Not brushing and flossing
The last thing that can keep your Invisalign program from working well involves not brushing or flossing your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are critical to the success of your Invisalign treatment plan. Not taking care of your teeth will result in tooth decay and wear that might make it harder for your aligners to fit or move your teeth in the right places.
See how an Invisalign treatment plan can work for your smile
You will appreciate how well Invisalign aligners can correct your smile when you go through the process the right way. Our dentists in Friendswood, TX will provide a suitable plan for the help you deserve. You can visit Made Ya Smile today to learn how Invisalign treatment works and what you can expect from a program. Schedule an appointment for help with us today.