If you are committed to treatment using Invisalign then you must ensure that you are also committed to wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours each day. Today, our Fort St. John dentists talk about what to do if you get off track with your Invisalign clear aligner treatment schedule and how to move forward.
Treating orthodontic issues with Invisalign is a popular option for many adults and teens. 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 happens when you don't follow the Invisalign treatment schedule?
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.
Typically, each set of custom Invisalign trays is meant to be worn for 22 hours a day for a period of two weeks. If you aren't wearing your aligners enough, your teeth will not be moving as fast and aren’t as likely to keep up with the progression of your treatment.
What are some solutions if you get off track with your Invisalign treatment schedule?
If you get off track with your Invisalign treatment, there are a few things you can do to help get yourself back on schedule:
Discussing your treatment with your dentist
At the first sign that you may not be on track with your treatment, you should contact your vet and set up a visit to discuss your treatment plan. Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and give you advice on how to get back on track with your treatment.
Backtracking to a previous set of clear aligners
It may be recommended that you backtrack to a previous set of clear aligners prior to continuing with the treatment as originally planned. This is so that when you switch to your new set your teeth are in the right position and treatment can successfully move forward. Your dentist will tell you which set to switch to and how long you should be wearing it.
Altering your treatment plan and schedule
If your previous sets are not fitting correctly, your dentist may need to revise your treatment plan and create a new set or sets of aligners to get you back on track. The sooner you can see your dentist the better as you will be less likely to need an extensive revision to your treatment plan.
By working with your dentist and staying committed to your treatment, you will have the smile you’ve been hoping for in no time!