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What happens if I get off track with my Invisalign treatment?

In order for your orthodontic treatment to be successful with clear aligners, you will be required to wear them for 22 hours a day. Today, our Langley dentists talk about what happens if you don't wear your Invisalign clear aligners as often as needed and what you can do if you get off track during treatment.

Invisalign Clear Aligners For Orthodontic Treatment

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that is commonly used to alter the appearance of the teeth of teens and young adults. The major appeal of Invisalign is how these clear aligners can fit into your lifestyle—they are discreet and can be removed for eating, drinking, and playing sports. However, it is imperative that you wear your Invisalign clear aligners for no less than 22 hours a day throughout treatment in order to have the desired results.

What To Expect If You Get Off Track With Invisalign Clear Aligners

If you aren't wearing your Invisalign clear aligners for the required amount of time, you may notice that your aligners aren't fitting as well as they should or that there are gaps between your teeth and the aligners.

Each custom Invisalign tray set is designed to be worn for 22 hours per day for two weeks. If you do not wear your aligners on a regular basis, your teeth will move more slowly and are less likely to keep up with the progression of your treatment.

What You Can Do If You Get Off Track

Life happens and sometimes you can get off track with your Invisalign treatment, here are some of the easy ways that you can help get yourself back on schedule: 

Update your dentist as soon as you are off track with treatment

If you suspect that you are not on track with your treatment, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and advise you on how to resume your treatment.

Ask if you can return to your previous set of Invisalign clear aligners

It may be advised that you return to a previous set of clear aligners before proceeding with the treatment as planned. This is done so that when you switch to your new set, your teeth are in the proper position and treatment can proceed smoothly. Your dentist will advise you on which set to use and how long you should wear it.

Work with your dentist to ensure treatment success

If your previous sets of aligners no longer fit properly, your dentist may need to revise your treatment plan and create a new set of aligners to get you back on track. The sooner you see your dentist, the less likely it is that you will require extensive revisions to your treatment plan.

In order to make the most of your treatment and help it succeed you should keep your dentists up to date and continue working with them throughout treatment.

Have you been less than consistent with your Invisalign treatment? Contact our Langley dentists to schedule a visit today to help get you back on track.

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