Treatment with Invisalign offers adults and teens a completely undetectable way to straighten their teeth. It is now feasible to correct nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite disorders, from simple to complex, without interrupting your daily routine.
In the course of orthodontic treatment, one question that patients often ask is whether they can wear their Invisalign aligners while they sleep, and the answer is yes! You can continue to wear your aligners while you sleep. In fact, there are a number of benefits to doing so. Keep reading to learn more about them.
Why should I wear Invisalign even when asleep?
Overnight wear of Invisalign is required to achieve appropriate tooth positioning and alignment. The first few nights of sleeping with Invisalign in your mouth may be uncomfortable, but after a while, you’ll find it as easy to drift off into slumber as you did before you began your orthodontic treatment.
Sleeping with aligners is not a problem for most people with Invisalign treatment. It’s possible that resting on your back with your head slightly elevated will alleviate some patients’ complaints of excessive drooling or salivation. If your mouth feels dry, it can bean indication that you’re sleeping with your mouth open. To avoid dehydration, keep a glass of water by your bedside.
With Invisalign, the modest inconveniences of increased nocturnal snoring and initial soreness pale into insignificance compared to the outstanding smile you’ll obtain. Wearing your Invisalign braces while you sleep will prevent your teeth from nighttime grinding, allowing them to straighten to their ideal position.
What happens if you take out Invisalign at night?
You might be tempted to remove the aligners you wear during the day at night. But if you do, you will be doing yourself a disservice. Your teeth will not shift in the prescribed time frame if you remove your aligners. As a result, perfecting your smile will require more time spent wearing aligners.
However, if you choose to remove your Invisalign aligners at night, it’s important to clean them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth. Bacteria can build up on the aligners, so you’ll need to make sure they’re clean before you put them back in. You should also store your aligners in their case when you’re not wearing them.
How Long Should People Wear Invisalign?
On average, people wear Invisalign for about 12 months. However, this can vary depending on the individual. Some people may need to wear Invisalign for a shorter period of time, while others may need to wear it for longer. The key is to be as consistent as possible with wearing them for the majority of the day; 22 hours per day is ideal. Wearing Invisalign for less than the prescribed amount of time may lead to suboptimal results, and wearing Invisalign for more than the prescribed amount of time may lead to increased discomfort and/or tooth decay.
Invisalign requires brushing your teeth after every meal, snack, and sugary beverage. If you don’t, you run the risk of getting food stuck between your teeth. The remaining sugars and acids could harm your teeth and discolor your aligner. If you forget your toothbrush, the next best thing is to thoroughly rinse your mouth after eating.
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Can You Order Nighttime Aligners Online?
Though nighttime aligners sent through the mail may exist, they are only intended for minor cosmetic issues, and even in these circumstances, nighttime aligners fail miserably. In addition, treatment isn’t typically designed and managed by a licensed orthodontic specialist.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment like nighttime aligners could cause harm to the teeth and gums, including tooth loss and/or a misaligned bite if not monitored by an orthodontist. Regardless of how well-intentioned you are, it’s quite unlikely to produce the desired outcomes.
A normal Invisalign treatment plan would take six months to correct an orthodontic problem; even if it were successful and safe, it would take a year with nighttime aligners and the results would still be less than ideal!
Consult Kumra Orthodontics to learn more about do you sleep with Invisalign
If you have been considering Invisalign to correct your teeth alignment, be sure to consult Kumra Orthodontics. We can walk you through the process of getting started with this innovative technology and answer any questions you may have about sleeping with Invisalign. With our help, you can make the most of this unique orthodontic treatment and obtain a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.