Treatment time and number of aligners varies with the difficulty of each case. Twenty to twenty-two hours of daily wear is imperative for the success of your final results.
Your aligners are changed at home, as instructed by the doctor, approximately every 7-14 days. Not all aligners are given to you at your first appointment, therefore regular appointments (usually every 2-3 months) are important to check your aligner fit and assess your progress. It is important for you to wear your aligners to each appointment. Additional aligners will be given to you at your appointments as long as progress is being made.
In some treatment cases, it is necessary to contour the enamel between certain teeth for a better finish. This painless procedure is done quickly without harming the teeth. As treatment continues, the teeth will be moved into a new position, and the contact between your teeth will be restored.
Sometimes, an attachment, which is a small bump of tooth colored material, is placed on the tooth. The attachments help the aligners “grab” and move the tooth more efficiently. Of course, these attachments do not harm the teeth, and are easily polished off at the end of treatment. If an attachment comes off, it is not an emergency. Please let us know at your next appointment.
When a new aligner is placed, it is typically tight for the first 24-48 hours. After this period, the aligners may seem loose. Changing to your next set of aligners at night can help alleviate initial tightness while you sleep.