Invisalign teeth straightening is a method used for patients who wish to straighten their teeth with the least visible method available. And since the aligners are clear, wearing them just at night defeats the purpose of obtaining this mostly undetectable method of correcting a malocclusion.
But the direct answer to this question is “NO”. That is because in order for teeth to be shifted from one position to another, this requires consistent movement. If braces were worn only at night, the fragmented treatment would not produce any significant result.
Wearing braces of any type requires a 24/7 commitment to treatment. Any variation from the program as designed is a prescription for failure.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day. They are taken out for meals, snacks, and daily oral maintenance. With these exceptions, the aligners should always be in place.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day.
In order for teeth to be moved, steady pressure must be applied. The aligners have been fabricated to allow this subtle movement to take place two weeks at a time. When one set is replaced with the next in the series, the patient might notice the aligner feels a little different. That is because the new set is designed for teeth to move to the updated aligner’s parameters.
Over the course of treatment, each aligner is gently shifting teeth to correct the malocclusion. If the patient breaks the course of treatment by skipping hours of wearing their aligners, progress will stop and the outcome will be disappointing.
With Invisalign, the issues normally sited with wearing metal braces are inconsequential. The aligners are clear making treatment virtually undetectable; they are removed to eat so the patient can continue to enjoy all the foods they love; they are removed to brush and floss daily making wearing them much easier to keep teeth clean; they are comfortable … no metal to abrade soft oral tissues; and they are convenient … just update the aligners as designated by your orthodontist.
Upon completion of treatment, a retainer will be provided. You may be required to wear the retainer all day and night for a period of time, but eventually wearing it at night only will be sufficient. But this is the only time that wearing nighttime only braces will be sufficient orthodontic treatment.
Contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign.