3 methods to wear clear aligners

DIFFERENT WAYS FOR DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES

All day wear, daytime wear and night time wear

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If you don't wear your clear aligners long enough, they won't move your teeth correctly!

So you finally decided to straighten your smile with clear aligners. Congratulations! The only question now is how to correctly wear your clear aligners? Unlike braces, clear aligners can be removed from your mouth. This is great in terms of hygiene, looks and comfort. However, it also makes it your responsibility to make sure that you're wearing your teeth aligners the proper way. Otherwise they won't work! The hardest part is to make sure that you're wearing your aligners for enough time throughout the day. There are 3 different wear methods to use your clear aligners. These are:

  • Full-time clear aligner wear method (standard wear method)
  • Daytime only wear
  • Nighttime only wear

Each clear aligner wear method is suited for a different lifestyle. Of course, there are other things to take into consideration as well. You should always talk to your dentist first if your planning on using your aligners part-time. Let's take a look at each clear aligner wear method to see how you can get the best possible results:

FULL TIME CLEAR ALIGNER WEAR METHOD

2 weeks per aligner for 21+ hours a day

Clear aligners move your teeth by gently forcing them into their new position. Tooth movement happens as a result of continuous force being exerted onto your teeth for a long enough duration. As it turns out, your teeth aren't a fan of being moved and they will put up fight! This means that your teeth will resist movement and will try to go back to their previous position.

It's like a tug of war in your mouth!

This is why it's so important to wear your clear aligners long enough to stabilize your teeth in their new position. On average, your teeth require about 300 hours of continuous force in order to maintain their new position. One way to accomplish this is by wearing your clear aligners for 21 hours a day for 2 weeks straight. This results in about 300 hours of forces, which is enough time to move your teeth into their new position.

Keep in mind, 2 weeks is the absolute minimum you should wear each clear aligner set. Anything less and your clear aligners won't effectively stabilize your teeth in their new position.  We recommended full-time clear aligner wear method of 2 weeks, 21+ hours a day for the following cases:

  • Those of you who want to get the quickest results and straighten their teeth in the least amount of time possible
  • Anyone who has stiff jaw bone structure (your dentist will help you determine if this applies to you)
  • Those of you who require extensive tooth movement (again, your dentist will let you know if this applies to you)
  • Finally, you must be comfortable wearing your clear aligners at night and when functioning throughout the day

DAYTIME ONLY CLEAR ALIGNER WEAR METHOD

3 weeks per aligner during daytime

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Daytime clear aligner wear method: Wear your clear aligners during daytime only. Switch our your clear aligner every 3 weeks.

Daytime only clear aligner wear method is a great option for those of you who struggle wearing dental appliances at night times. Daytime wear is also recommended for those who must use a night guard, CPAP or other sleep apnea devices. Obviously, you can't wear your teeth aligners on top of these devices. By choosing daytime wear, you can skip out on wearing your aligners at night times so you can continue protecting your teeth or airways at nights. See, we have a solution for everything!

If you decide to use daytime only clear aligner wear method then you should wear each aligner for one additional week. This means that you will switch out your teeth aligners every 3rd week instead of every 2nd week. This extra week compensates for not wearing your clear aligners during bedtime. Keep in mind that your aligner therapy will take about 50% longer using the daytime only wear method. Of course, that's a small price to pay in exchange for a good night sleep for those of you who can't wear their aligners while asleep!

Daytime only clear aligner wear method is recommended for:

  • Those facing difficulties falling sleep while their clear aligners are in their mouth
  • CPAP users (those who suffer from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Sleep apnea patients who must wear an obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appliance overnight (such as a mandibular advancement prosthesis)
  • Moderate to heavy teeth grinders who prefer to continue wearing their night guards while sleeping (note that mild teeth grinders can choose to wear their aligners in lieu of a night guard as per their dentist's recommendation)

NIGHTTIME ONLY CLEAR ALIGNER WEAR METHOD

4 weeks per aligners during nighttime only

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Nighttime clear aligner wear method: Wear your clear aligners during nights only. Switch our your clear aligner every 4 weeks.

Finally, some people simply don't want to wear clear aligners throughout the day. While clear aligners are barely noticeable in your mouth, some people simply can't even deal with that. Maybe you have a job that requires lots of talking and wearing aligners interferes with your speech. Or maybe you're too embarrassed to wear clear aligners for whatever reason (we think they're cool, but it's your call!). Or maybe you droll too much once you wear aligners and prefer to leave them out throughout the day.

Luckily, there's a solution for these selective grinners: nighttime only clear aligner wear. Basically, you wear you're teeth aligners when asleep and stash them away when awake. Keep in mind, nighttime only clear aligner wear method doubles your treatment time. Therefore, we don't recommend this method if you're in a rush to straighten your smile. On the other hand, this is a great option for those who have plenty of time to spare and prefer to wear their teeth aligners only while sleeping.

Nighttime only aligner wear method is recommended for:

  • Those of you who are comfortable wearing their teeth aligners while asleep
  • Those who are not in a rush to straighten your grin
  • Patients who can not perform their daily functions while wearing clear aligners in their mouth
  • Simpler orthodontic movements

Note that nighttime clear aligner wear method is not recommended for patients with complex orthodontic treatments. It's also not a good idea for those with stiff jaw bone structure. If you chew ice,  grind your teeth or are a vegetarian, you may have a stiff jaw bone so this technique won't work for you. These patients need to follow the standard full-time clear aligner wear method of 2 weeks, 21+ hours a day. The best way is to talk to your dentist to see if you're a good candidate for nighttime clear aligner wear method. Sweet dreams!

ALWAYS ASK YOUR DENTIST FIRST

Which is the best method to wear my clear aligners?

As mentioned above, there are 3 different methods to wear your clear aligners. All methods give you the same end results, just at a different pace. Talk to your dentist to see which is the best way for you to wear your teeth aligners. Ask them if you're a candidate for daytime or nighttime wear method if you're interested. Just keep in mind, more complex orthodontic cases and those with stiff jaw bone must follow the standard full-time clear aligner wear method. Therefore, if you haven't discussed it with your dentist you should stick with the traditional wear method of 2 weeks, 21 hours a day. However, if you're dentist approves daytime or nighttime only wear method, then you're free to wear your aligners part-time. Schedule a consultation with your local dentist or orthodontist to see if you're a candidate for daytime or nighttime clear aligner wear method.

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ATHLETIC MOUTH GUARD (SPORT GUARDS)

An athletic mouth guard is a dental device used to prevent injury to your mouth during sport activities. There are two basic types of athletic mouth guards: (a) over-the-counter athletic mouth guards which can be purchased from your local drug store or online;  (b)custom athletic mouth guards made by your dentist to fit precisely to your mouth. Custom athletic mouth guards provide a better fit, more comfort and better protection of your teeth and gums against injury. Additionally, custom athletic mouth guards help reduce your chances of sustaining a concussion during serious sport injuries.

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ATTACHMENTS (BUTTONS)

Attachments, or buttons, are tiny white fillings which dentists place on your teeth. Buttons are used to apply additional torque onto your teeth to rotate/tip more stubborn teeth. This allows for better tooth movement to help straighten severely crooked teeth. Buttons are temporary: once your clear aligner therapy is complete, your dentist will remove all buttons from your teeth.

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BITE ADJUSTMENT (OCCLUSAL ADJUSTMENT)

Bite adjustment, or occlusal adjustment, is a procedure used to correct minor bite issues by removing interferences in the way your teeth come together. Bite adjustment is typically performed after completion of orthodontic treatment, or other extensive dental treatments, to correct ant remaining issues with your bite. The goal of bite adjustment is to ensure that there is even pressure to distribute your bite forces evenly. Without bite adjustment, you run the risk or fracturing your teeth and fillings,  developing headaches and other bite-related problems.

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BRACES

Braces are placed by your dentist or orthodontist to straighten your smile. Braces treatment relies on metal brackets which attach to your teeth surfaces as well as wires and rubber bands used to move your teeth into their desired final position. You can fix almost all types of orthodontic misalignments using braces. The alternative to braces is known as clear aligners. Clear aligners are used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments and clear aligners are not as effective as braces when it comes to complex tooth movements.

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CLEAR ALIGNERS

Clear aligners are a series of custom-made plastic trays which are used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are made using impressions or scans of your teeth. Each plastic tray moves your teeth just a fraction of millimeter. As you continue wearing each aligner, your teeth gradually move into their desired final position. Wearing clear aligners is more comfortable and less visible than putting on braces. Plus, you can remove clear aligners by yourself whereas braces are constantly stick to your teeth. Clear aligner treatment is used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments.

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CROSSBITE

Crossbite is where your upper teeth sit on the inside, instead of the outside, of your lower teeth in the horizontal plane. Crossbite is typically the result of having a large lower jaw or one that is positioned too far out as compared to your upper jaw. Having a crossbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. Plus, having a crossbite severely increases the likelihood of damaging your posterior teeth. Unfortunately, very few crossbite misalignments can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. Fixing your crossbite requires wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction or even jaw surgery.

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DEEP BITE

Deepbite is an extreme case of overbite. A deep bite is where your upper front teeth completely cover your lower front teeth in a closed biting position. Having a deep bite affects your appearance as well as your teeth and gum health. It also increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and causes headaches. Some cases of deep bite can be fixed with dentist delivered clear aligner therapy. However, most deep bite conditions require wearing braces instead of clear aligners.

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DIGITAL SCANS

Digital scans capture copies of your teeth to communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth with their dental laboratory. Dentists and orthodontists take digital scans of your teeth by using a special computerized scanner. Taking digital scans is more comfortable and quicker than traditional impressions. Plus, digital scans can be submitted immediately to the laboratory for faster and more accurate results.

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EVEN28 CLEAR ALIGNERS

Even28 clear aligners are a type of custom-made clear aligners used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Even28 clear aligners are an alternative to Invisalign®, ClearCorrect™, Smile Direct Club™ and other clear aligner systems. Even28 offers 2 different types of clear aligner programs: Even28 at-home™ and Even28 at-dentist™. Even28 at-home is an affordable clear aligner program offered through local dentists. The program is similar to Smile Direct Club or Candid Co. Even28 at-dentist is a dentist delivered clear aligner program similar to Invisalign®. Your dentist places attachments, performs tooth contouring and bite adjustment to give you better end results. Your Even28 dentist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy and will help you choose the program that’s right for you. 

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EVEN28 AT-HOME

Even28 at-home™ is a clear aligner program similar to Smile Direct Club™, Candid Co™, Byte™ and other DIY clear aligner systems. The biggest difference between Even28 at-home and these other DIY clear aligner programs is that Even28 at-home requires an initial visit to a participating Even28 dentist. Your Even28 dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for at home clear aligner therapy. If so, they will take impressions/scans of your teeth and help you get started with your clear aligner program. Even28 at-home is priced similarly to DIY clear aligner programs with the added benefit of having a local, experienced dentist supervise your treatment. Even28 at-home is ideal for treating simpler teeth crowding, spacing, mild overbites, orthodontic relapses and other mild orthodontic conditions.

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EVEN28 AT-DENTIST

Even28 at-dentist™ is a clear aligner program similar to Invisalign®, ClearCorrect and other dentist directed clear aligner systems. The biggest difference between Even28 at-dentist and other dentist directed clear aligner systems is that Even28 at-dentist includes unlimited clear aligners. This allows your Even28 dentist to offer ideal treatment without concern about how many aligners are required to complete your treatment. Even28 at-dentist programs require a combination or tooth contouring, attachment placement and/or bite adjustment. Even28 at-dentist is ideal for treating severe teeth crowding, moderate overbites and other mild-to-moderate orthodontic conditions. To learn more about Even28 at-dentist clear aligner treatment, visit a participating Even28 dentist near you.

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FIXED RETAINER

Fixed retainer is a type of retainer that is permanently glued onto your front teeth. A fixed retainer is an alternative to wearing removable retainers. Fixed retainers are recommended for patients who have trouble remembering to wear their retainers. They are also a good option for those who have undergone extensive tooth movement where there is concern of orthodontic relapse. The biggest advantage of fixed retainers is that they always stay on your teeth. This means that you never have to worry about forgetting to wear your retainers or losing them. The disadvantage of fixed retainers is that it makes it difficult to clean teeth which connected to your retainer. You must maintain excellent oral hygiene and periodic dental cleanings if you opt to wear fixed retainers.

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IMPRESSIONS

Impressions are moldings of your teeth which your dentist uses to communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth with the laboratory. Dental impressions are typically taken using putty or Vinyl Polysiloxane (VPS). They are used for communicating the shape, size and position of your teeth for clear aligner therapy. Additionally, dental impressions are used to make custom night guards, athletic mouth guards, orthodontic retainers, crowns, bridges, dentures and many other dental prosthesis.

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INVISIALIGN®

Invisalign® is a dentist delivered clear aligner system similar to ClearCorrect™ and Even28 at-dentist™ . Invisalign® was established in 1997 by Align Technology. Their clear aligners are unique in that they are scalloped around your teeth as opposed to extended beyond your teeth margins. Invisalign® clear aligners are used to fix teeth crowding, spacing, overbite, orthodontic relapse and a few other orthodontic conditions. For more advanced Invisalign® treatments, your dentist may use attachments, tooth contouring and/or bite adjustment. If you’re interested in Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Invisalign® provider near you. Your Invisalign® dentist or orthodontist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy and help you get started. 

NIGHT GUARD

A night guard is a device worn overnight to protect your teeth against the harmful effects of teeth grinding. There are two basic types of night guards: (2) over-the-counter night guards which can be purchased from your local pharmacy or online; (b) custom night guards made by your dentist to fit precisely to your teeth. Custom night guards are recommended for patients with more advanced teeth grinding habits, history of broken teeth and those suffering from frequent headaches or other TMJ problems.

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OPEN BITE

An open bite is whenever you have a gap between your upper and lower teeth in the vertical plane when biting down. Open bite is typically the result of childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Having an open bite affects your appearance as well as your chewing efficiency. Luckily, most cases of open bite misalignments can be fixed with Even28 at-home™ clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of open bite still require braces instead of clear aligners.

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ORTHODONTIC RELAPSE

Orthodontic relapse occurs once you’ve completed braces or clear aligner treatment but fail to wear your retainers. Failing to wear your retainers causes your teeth to gradually shift back to their pre-treatment position and become crooked again. Orthodontic relapse is exacerbated by your wisdom teeth pressing against your remaining teeth or losing teeth. Luckily, orthodontic relapse is easier to treat as compared to initial orthodontic therapy. Most orthodontic relapse cases can be fixed with clear aligner treatment in lieu of braces.

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OVERBITE

Overbite is the distance between your upper and lower front teeth in the horizontal plane. Having an overbite is a terms that refers to having an excess distance between your front teeth. A normal overbite is about 2 to 3 millimeters. Anything greater than that is considered having an overbite. Having an excessive overbite affects your appearance as well as your teeth and gum health. It also causes your anterior teeth to fracture more frequently. Luckily, most cases of overbite misalignment can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of overbites require braces instead of clear aligners.

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REMOVABLE RETAINER

Removable retainers are orthodontic retainers which can be inserted and removed from your mouth by yourself. There are two common types of removable retainers: Essix retainers and Hawley retainers. Essix retainers, also known as clear retainers, are similar to clear aligners, except they are made from very firm plastic. Clear aligner therapy typically uses Essix clear retainers to prevent orthodontic relapse. Removable retainers are easier to wear as compared to fixed retainers. Removable retainers tend to lose their effectiveness over time and require replacement. Plus, there’s a chance that you could lose your removable retainers. It’s recommended to purchase more than one removable retainer so that you have at least one backup, just in case.

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RETAINER (ORTHODONTIC RETAINER)

A retainer is a dental prosthesis designed to keep your teeth in their current position upon completion of orthodontic treatment. Without wearing your retainers, your teeth gradually move back to their pre-treatment position. There are two basic types of retainers: (a) removable retainers which come in and out of your mouth; (b) fixed retainers which are permanently glued onto your teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist will help you determine which type of retainer best suits your needs.

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SMILE DIRECT CLUB™

Smile Direct Club™ clear aligners are a type of at home clear aligner system similar to Candid Co™, Even28 at-home™ and other at home clear aligner programs. Smile Direct Club™ was established in 2013 by a pair of young entrepreneurs. They use Invisalign® made clear aligners and offer up to 20 clear aligners to straighten your teeth. The biggest criticism of Smile Direct Club™ is that you never actually meet the dentist in charge of straightening your teeth. This leads to risks which could cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Smile Direct Club™ clear aligners can be used to fix mild teeth crowding, teeth spacing and other minor orthodontic conditions. For more advanced orthodontic treatments, you require dentist delivered clear aligner treatment or braces. If you’re interested in Smile Direct Club™ clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Smile Shop™ or buy their impression kit online.

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TEETH CROWDING

Teeth crowding occurs whenever you have more teeth in than there is space to accommodate them. Typically, teeth crowding results from having too many teeth in your mouth or because your teeth are too large for their respective jaw. Teeth crowding causes your teeth to fight over space with one another, which leads to crooked teeth. Having crowded teeth affects your appearance and can cause cosmetic concerns. Additionally, teeth crowding is a trigger for gum disease and dental cavities. It can also negatively impact your bite and overall oral health. Teeth crowding can be fixed using braces or clear aligner therapy. 

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TEETH SPACING (GAP TEETH)

Teeth spacing occurs whenever you have natural gaps between your teeth. Typically, teeth spacing occurs because your jaw is too large for your teeth. This causes your teeth to drift apart and creates gaps in between them. Teeth spacing also happens when you lose a tooth which causes your remaining teeth to drift and creates gaps in your mouth. Teeth spacing affects your smile and can cause aesthetic concerns. Additionally, teeth spacing increases your likelihood of developing dental cavities and gum disease. It also negatively impacts your bite and oral health. Teeth spacing can be fixed using braces or clear aligner therapy. 

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TOOTH CONTOURING

Tooth contouring is a technique used by dentists and orthodontists to assist in clear aligner therapy. Tooth contouring is an alternative to extracting teeth. Your dentist will shave away a tiny bit from one or more of your teeth to create additional space for tooth movement. Tooth contouring is used in dentist delivered clear aligner therapy to treat teeth crowding, overbite and certain other orthodontic conditions. Typically, spacing and openbite treatment does not require teeth contouring.

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UNDERBITE

An underbite is the reverse of an overbite, where your lower front teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth. Underbite is typically the result of having too large of a lower jaw or when your lower jaw is positioned too far out as compared to the upper jaw. Having an underbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. It also increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and could lead to headaches. Unfortunately, very few underbite conditions can be fixed using clear aligner therapy. Most underbite conditions require wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction or even jaw surgery.

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WHITENING TRAYS

Whitening trays are custom-designed plastic trays which are used to bleach your teeth. Whitening trays are custom made by your dentist using impressions or scans of your teeth. They are designed to precisely fit on top of your teeth to efficiently deliver bleaching gel to your teeth surfaces. Custom whitening trays yield better whitening results as compared to most other at home bleaching options. Plus, you can reuse your custom whitening trays over and over again to maintain a whiter smile over time.

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