Once you have your first set of aligner trays, your treatment process truly begins. Your treatment will consist of a series of clear aligners that are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little with each new set. These trays are removable, allowing you to take them off while eating or brushing your teeth, but they will still be worn for the vast majority of the day, at least 20-22 hours per day. The longer you wear your aligner trays, the better your results will be!
Invisalign® aligners are removable, meaning you’ll be taking them off when you eat, brush your teeth or drink anything besides water. Ideally, these will be the only times you remove your aligner trays, leaving them on the rest of the day and while you sleep. However, there are other special occasions where you may remove your aligner temporarily, such as pictures, special events or when practicing certain musical instruments.
As you progress through your treatment, your aligner trays will get replaced every two weeks, or as instructed by your dentist. Each subsequent tray set contains tiny alterations in shape that gently move your teeth into their ideal positions. However, it’s always important to keep your most recent tray on hand so you have them to fall back on if you happen to lose your current tray set.