Invisalign is one of the popular clear aligner products widely available today. Just like other aligners, Invisalign cannot work instant. It takes a time to realign crowded teeth using corrective appliances including Invisalign. Usually, it takes about two to three months for people to notice treatment result of using Invisalign. The length of treatment varies among patients. Those with more serious problems, of course, need longer treatment. After Invisalign and other clear retainers are worn in the mouth, your dentist will always check the teeth movements to see and evaluate the progress of Invisalign results. Here are some tips if you want to optimize the result of Invisalign treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take
First, wear your Invisalign all the time excluding when you are brushing, drinking, and eating. You may feel uncomfortable during the first week of wearing the aligner. You should bear the discomfort. Usually after a week, people start to get used to the aligner and they will feel just like normal. The discomfort will go away. Wearing Invisalign full time is important otherwise, it won’t work effectively. When it does not work effectively, the treatment will take longer and you can see the result soon. You should, at least, wear it 22 hours a day (2 hours are for brushing and eating). Wearing Invisalign shorter than that can even cause failure in the final result and you have to start over.
Using chewies can also help finish the treatment on time. Chewies are tiny cylindrical cushions that are useful to set your Invisalign aligner. What you need to do is just biting down chewies. This can be done several times a day. Chewies are necessary when the Invisalign is not fitting well. The presence of air gaps between your teeth is a sign that your aligner is not perfectly fitted thus chewies are needed.
In order to optimize Invisalign treatment, a retainer is used after Invisalign is removed. Without wearing a retainer, your new aligned teeth will likely to relapse or shift back to their old position. That is why wearing retainers are important to stabilize your new teeth alignment. Orthodontists usually suggest their patient to wear a retainer until the teeth settle upon place. The length of treatment using retainers varies depending on patients’ current teeth alignment. Even when the teeth are stable, your orthodontist probably will not directly remove it. You still need to wear it while adjusting the frequency to make it less often.
In addition to the tips above, taking some additional dental procedures can help achieving the best result of Invisalign. Common procedures include using attachments, IPR, and PROPEL. Attachments are used to support Invisalign to get a better grip. Meanwhile using IPR is aimed at sanding gently the area between teeth to make room. PROPEL is a procedure of making a puncture in the teeth bone to make the better alignment. All of the aforementioned procedures are safe and effective to shorten the treatment length and make Invisalign work more effectively. Talk to your orthodontist to discuss any possible follow-up treatment that you prefer.