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Your smile says a lot about you. It shows the world that you’re the fun, happy, and exuberant person that you know you are. But not everyone feels confident enough in their smile to show it off to the world.
In fact, more than 25% of people feel embarrassed to smile simply because of their teeth.
Getting Invisalign aligners can help restore your confidence. But if you want your treatment plan to be successful, you need to know when to switch to a new aligner. Here are a few signs to watch for.
1. It’s Been About Two Weeks
Invisalign works by gradually straightening your teeth. For most patients, orthodontists recommend switching to new trays every two weeks or so.
Keep in mind that the frequency with which you’ll need to change your aligners will largely depend on how often you’re wearing them.
If you wear your aligners for the recommended 22+ hours each day, only removing them to eat or drink, you’ll likely be able to follow this schedule. However, if you forget to put them back in or aren’t wearing them for the full recommended length of time, you may need to wear your current aligner longer.
The best way to know for sure is to consult your orthodontist or dentist and find out more about your treatment’s progress. They’ll be able to tell you if it’s time to switch or if you should wear your aligner longer.
2. Your Dentist Tells You to Switch
While you may not have to go to your dentist for routine adjustments with these types of braces, you will still need to check in with them throughout your treatment. During these checkups, your dentist will monitor your progress and make sure your aligners are working.
Pay attention to what they tell you during those appointments. They may tell you to wear your aligner longer. Or they may tell you to switch to your next aligner sooner than you anticipated based on the way your teeth are moving.
Remember, just because your treatment is moving at a different pace than expected doesn’t mean you won’t get straight teeth. Everyone is different and everyone’s treatment plan will be unique.
3. Your Current Aligner Is Damaged
When you’re wearing your aligner 22+ hours each day, it’s going to experience wear and tear. While they’re durable and designed for near-constant use, the aligners aren’t invincible.
If your current aligner is damaged or cracked, you may need to switch to a new aligner.
Contact your dentist as soon as you notice the damage. They’ll be able to recommend the right course of action, whether it’s moving to your next aligner early or ordering a replacement from Invisalign.
Replacing Invisalign Aligners Is Essential For Your Success
The only way to get straight teeth with these types of braces is to regularly switch out your Invisalign aligners. As you progress through your treatment, watch for these signs.
As long as you stay on top of wearing the aligners and switch them out as recommended by your dentist, you’ll have straight teeth in no time.
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