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How to Speed up your Invisalign treatment
How to Speed up your Invisalign treatment
  • Apr 06, 2021

If you are concerned about your smile or teeth and want to get Invisalign or just started your treatment, you may be considering ways to shorten your treatment time. Different options to speed up your Invisalign treatment and improve your result are available.

Adhering to your orthodontist’s advice will make your Invisalign aligners more effective, but the following tips can also reduce your treatment time and give you a perfect smile within a short period.

Use AcceleDent

AcceleDent can help speed your Invisalign process. It involves a system that moves the teeth faster, so you can quickly switch to the next set of aligners and finish your Invisalign treatment at a faster rate.

Your teeth will move without AcceleDent, but when you use AcceleDent, it distributes micro pulses on your teeth, which stimulates blood flow to the teeth and jawbone, increases the speed of your jawbone remodelling. AcceleDent can increase the movement of your teeth by 50%.

Wear the aligners a minimum of 22 hours daily

Most patients who complain about the Invisalign process taking longer than expected do not wear their aligners as long as they should. Orthodontists recommend that Invisalign patients wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

With the remaining two hours, you can remove your aligners to clean your teeth, eat and drink whatever you like. If you want to complete your Invisalign treatment within the expected time, ensure that you wear the aligners daily as instructed by your orthodontist.  

Brush your teeth before reinserting the aligners in your mouth

Leaving your teeth dirty during your Invisalign treatment does not directly prolong your treatment, but it may cause cavities. If you develop cavities during your Invisalign treatment, you need to get dental work done, such as drilling and filling the affected teeth, which slows down your treatment.

While wearing aligners, your teeth easily accumulate bacteria which combines with your saliva to breakdown your aligners when you do not clean your teeth properly. Your aligners become less flexible, making them less effective in moving your teeth. Ensure you brush your teeth whenever you take out your aligners and clean both your aligners and teeth to avoid any dental issues that may slow down your treatment.

Clean your aligners

Contrary to what some Invisalign patients think that using toothpaste to clean the aligners can damage them. Although you need your aligners clean, using toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean them scratches the aligner surface, creating spaces for bacteria to breed.

Some people may not see this as a problem because you will switch out the aligners in two weeks, but the bacteria accumulated on the aligners can cause much harm even before you switch your aligners to a new set.  

Use attachments

In the past, Invisalign was only effective for correcting minor orthodontic issues, but with improvements in the Invisalign system, more people with more complex orthodontic issues can use Invisalign.

Your orthodontist may need you to get attachments on one or more teeth to apply more pressure to move them faster. Attachments, also called buttons, are an effective alternative to AcceleDent, and they considerably shorten your treatment time.

Handle your aligners with care

Some persons forget they have aligners in their mouth after some time, so they eat and take drinks while wearing their aligners. When you eat or take something sugary with your aligners in your mouth, you increase the chances of the aligners getting damaged.

When you take out your aligners, ensure you keep them safely in their case, instead of wrapping them in a paper towel or throwing them in your pocket or bag. Keeping your aligners outside their case makes it easy to lose or damage them. Since a replacement will take a while, you may likely lose the progress you made, which prolongs your treatment.

Consult your orthodontist

If you notice your treatment is not going as planned or feel something is wrong, it is best to speak to your orthodontist about ways to speed up the treatment. Although the tips above will help shorten an Invisalign process, your orthodontist can give you personalised advice to help you achieve your treatment goals.  

If you want your Invisalign treatment concluded within the shortest possible time, book a free Invisalign consultation at Chatfield Dental Braces today to see an experienced Invisalign provider. You are free to call us at any time on 020 7183 4041 to schedule an appointment.