The very first model of Invisalign® clear aligners launched more than 20 years ago. A lot has happened since then. The company that makes Invisalign® continues to refine the design processes as well as the aligners themselves.With time, clear aligners have become tougher, more flexible and easier to use. Wearing and taking off Invisalign® dental…
Why Do You Have to Wear Clear Aligners for 2 Weeks?
Your dentist might ask you to wear your clear aligners for two weeks before switching to another set. But you might not know why you have to wear them for this length of time. It can be tempting to try to speed up the treatment time by putting the new set in sooner. You might be tempted after only a week or 10 days. But there are several important reasons behind this.
Why patients should not skimp on treatment time
Recently, many dentists and aligner companies have done some experimenting on different treatment plans. Some dentists have suggested seven days, two weeks, or three weeks. However, aligners can work well when worn for 20 to 22 hours each day for a total of 14 days. Part of the reason for this is because of the effects on the bone and teeth structure.
When wearing the aligner for only seven days, it might be all right initially. But after a few days, the patient might have some discomfort and problems, complicating the treatment. Each set of aligners moves the teeth about 0.15 or 0.25 millimeters. Other movements are also taking place during this time.
But overall, the movement will take around two weeks to finish. The aligner might feel like it fits properly, and the teeth might feel adjusted in a few days. However, there are more movements taking place that the patient cannot feel. That takes 14 days to finish.
Moving the teeth too quickly
It is about more than moving just the teeth. With clear aligners, the jawbone will actually change the shape. This happens in the area that anchors and supports the teeth. If the aligner is changed too quickly, then the jawbone will not have time to settle in a new position. It is important for patients not to rush the treatment with the aligner.
If the teeth were moved too quickly, it could cause potential issues. That might include bone loss, damage to the tooth roots, and gum recession. The treatment would end up getting delayed because of these and other similar issues. That would require the patient to have another treatment plan made up, which would make the treatment last longer.
The dentist has designed the schedule to move the teeth to the right location. The patient might have eight to 50 aligners, meaning the treatment will go for three to 25 months. It is rare for a patient to have to wear the aligner for less than two weeks. However, the dentist can explain this to the patient.
Choose clear aligners today
When it comes to treatment for your teeth, you should always follow the dentist’s instructions. The dentist will let you know if you need to change one of the sets sooner than two weeks. If you have other questions about straightening your teeth with clear aligners, making an appointment is the right option. Your dentist has the necessary training to help you make the right decision.
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