If you don’t want to suffer through the pain and embarrassment of metal braces, Invisalign can often be the perfect solution. This comfortable and nearly invisible teeth straightening system works gently to shift your teeth into alignment with clear aligner trays.
However, Invisalign can only produce the best results when you maintain a disciplined routine. It’s important to remain in compliance with the recommended Invisalign schedule to ensure effective, rapid results. So, while our Kalamazoo Invisalign dentist, Dr. Lintner will set you up for success, it is your job to stay in compliance to ensure we can knock it out of the park for you!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign straightens your teeth using clear, plastic aligners instead of bulky metal braces. Your custom-made Invisalign trays will fit snugly over your teeth to gently nudge your teeth into their proper positions.
It’s so important to straighten your crooked teeth, not just for a more attractive smile, but also to protect your oral health! Crooked, misplaced teeth make your mouth vulnerable to decay and periodontal disease by trapping bacteria that you can’t easily remove. Misaligned teeth also make talking and chewing more challenging.
How to use Invisalign Properly
It’s essential to wear your Invisalign tray for at least 22 hours every day, 7 days a week. That gives you two hours every day to remove your tray to eat your favorite foods, attend a special event, or brush your teeth. As long as you wear your Invisalign aligners the 22 hours of the day and keep up with your dental visits, you’ll enjoy maximum results.
You will switch your aligner every few weeks to incrementally move your teeth into place. Don’t swap your aligners too quickly or slowly; it’s important to stick to the schedule so that your teeth can shift properly. If you are not wearing your trays for the allotted 22 hours each day, you may need to wait before moving on to your next set of trays. If this happens, discuss this with your Kalamazoo cosmetic dentist and move forward with their instructions.
When you follow your Invisalign schedule, you can expect to feel and see results quickly! Your ideal smile will appear within an average of 6 to 18 months.
The Consequences of Skipping Your Invisalign Schedule
If you fail to wear your aligners 22 hours a day, 7 days a week, and attend your regular dental visits, your teeth may take much longer to straighten. You’ll be required to visit the dentist for additional evaluations to ensure your teeth are straightening properly.
Since you are taking the time and effort to straighten your teeth, do yourself the favor of staying in compliance with the Invisalign procedure. Since the clear aligners are nearly impossible to see, nobody will know that you’re busy creating a more attractive smile while you’re in meetings, playing tennis, or walking your dog!
The team at Lindenwoods Dental is proud to offer premier Invisalign services to patients who want to transform their smiles without the discomfort of traditional braces. Call us to schedule your Invisalign consultation today!