What Happens if you Don’t wear Your Invisalign?

One of the major benefits of Invisalign in St Johns Wood over other orthodontic options is of course that it comes with the luxury of being totally removable. I’m sure you will have been told on the day of your first fitting that you’re expected to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. But what happens if you don’t wear your aligners? 

I can confidently say that if you take out your Invisalign for too long they will begin to quickly move back to their old positions and much quicker than you might think it would take. Your teeth are held to your jaw with tiny little ligaments which are super flexible and will give slight movements. By giving even the slightest pressure over time your teeth will begin to move. When it comes to Invisalign in St Johns Wood the key is consistency - if you aren’t consistent you’ll just constantly be setting yourself back further and further. 

Your Trays Will Stop Fitting 
Your teeth especially in the early stages can begin to move in a matter of hours. Because of this you could find that when you put your aligners back in they won’t fit correctly. 

Treatment Length 
If you don’t wear your aligners for the time needed each day - a minimum of twenty-two hours, then you will be slowing down the progress made. If you want to have the quickest experience possible you need to commit to wearing your aligners as much as possible. For most people the Invisalign process will take around twelve months, but the time can stretch out. 

Going Backwards 
If you find that your new current set of aligners no longer fit, it could mean going backwards in the process. If you aren't wearing your aligners for long periods it could mean that your teeth have moved so much you need to go back and what’s worse, it could mean you actually need new aligners made at an extra added cost. 

Bad Habits 
One of the biggest issues with taking out your aligners is that you’re setting yourself a precident. A major benefit of Invisalign is that you are able on very, very special occasions such as weddings and birthdays is that you can take them out. If, however you’re giving yourself multiple chances to remove them, you aren’t doing yourself any favours. It can be really easy to think that taking your aligners out here and there for an hour or so isn’t really a big deal when in fact it can have major negative impacts on the progress of your straightening journey. 

Bottom Line 
If you’ve already opted for Invisalign or you’re thinking about doing so, you’re investing a lot of money and time into the process and the treatment can be very successful in lots of different dental issues including crowding, spacing, bites etc. But fundamentally if you don't do the work and put in the hours, you’ll never get the results you’re looking for. Wearing your Invisalign is key to success stories.