By NewBeauty Editors |
For a more discreet option, you can choose to wear clear, removable, plastic aligners that slip over your teeth and straighten them in 10 to 14 months. Custom-made to fit your smile, the aligners gradually move your teeth back into place.
Every one to two weeks, as your teeth become straighter, you dentist will give you new aligners to wear. In order for the aligners to work properly, they need to be worn for 22 hours per day and removed only to eat, drink anything other than water, brush and floss. Moreover, the longer you wear them, the faster you’ll see results.
Traditional metal braces can use tipping forces to straighten the teeth, whereas Invisalign trays push the teeth into place. For the best and fastest results, you should wear your clear braces at all times except for when eating and brushing your teeth. While the treatment time may vary, most patients wear their aligners for about one year.
In order to maintain the results, most dentists recommend that the aligners are worn at night for the first year and then switched out for a regular retainer.