3 methods to wear clear aligners
Full-time, day-time or night-time wear method
You finally decided to straighten your smile with clear aligners. Congratulations! The biggest question now is how to correctly wear your clear aligners? Unlike braces, which are stuck to your teeth 24/7, clear aligners can easily be removed. This is great in terms of hygiene, appearance and comfort. However, it also makes it your sole responsibility to be sure that you're wearing your teeth aligners throughout the day. Otherwise they won't straighten your teeth! Luckily, there are 3 different wear methods for your clear aligners, which are:
- Full-time wear method (standard)
- Day-time wear method
- Night-time wear method
The full-time wear method is the most common way to wear your clear aligners. Talk to your dentist first if you're planning on using the day-time or night-time wear method. Let's take a look at the 3 different ways you can wear your clear aligners to see which one is best for you:
2 WEEKS PER ALIGNER, 21-22 HOURS A DAY
Method #1: Full-time wear method
Let's start by looking at how clear aligners move your teeth. Clear aligners work by gently forcing your teeth into a new position. Tooth movement happens as a result of continuous force for a long enough duration. It turns out, teeth aren't a fan of being pushed around. They put up a fight! Your teeth resist movement and they always try to bounce back to their previous position.
It's like a tug of war in your mouth
This explains why it's so important to wear your clear aligners until your teeth stabilize in their new position. On average, your teeth require around 300 hours of continuous force to maintain their new position. One way to accomplish this is by wearing your clear aligners for 21-22 hours a day for 2 weeks. This results in about 300 hours of continuous forces, which is enough to stabilize your teeth in their new position.
Note that 2 weeks is the absolute minimum time you should wear each clear aligner. Anything less than 2 weeks and your clear aligners won't effectively stabilize your teeth in their new position. Full-time clear aligner wear method is the standard wear method which is for 2 weeks at 21+ hours a day. It's recommended for the following cases:
- To get the quickest results and straighten your teeth in the least amount of time possible
- Those who require extensive tooth movement. Your dentist will let you know if this applies to you.
- Anyone with stiff jaw bone structure. Again, your dentist will help you determine if this applies to you.
- Finally, those who are comfortable wearing their clear aligners throughout day and night.
3 WEEKS PER ALIGNER,DAY-TIME ONLY
Method #2: Day-time wear method
Day-time clear aligner wear method is recommended for those who struggle wearing dental appliances when sleep. Day-time wear method is also useful for those who must continue wearing a night guard, CPAP or other sleep apnea devices throughout their teeth straightening process. Obviously, you can't wear your clear aligners on top of these night-time oral devices. Day-time wear method allows you to skip wearing your aligners at nights. This way, you can continue protecting your teeth or airways during night time while straightening your smile during day time. See, we have a solution for everything!
Day-time clear aligner wear method requires you to wear each aligner for one additional week. This means that you will switch out your teeth aligners every 3rd week. The extra week compensates for not wearing your clear aligners during bedtime. Keep in mind, your aligner therapy will take about 50% longer when using the day-time wear method. Of course, that's a small price to pay for a good sleep for those of you who can't wear their aligners while asleep!
Day-time clear aligner wear method is recommended for the following:
- Those of you with difficulties falling sleep while wearing your clear aligners
- CPAP users and anyone who suffer from moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea
- Sleep apnea patients who 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 guard during bedtime. Mild teeth grinders can choose to wear their aligners in lieu of their night guard as per their dentist's recommendation.
4 WEEKS PER ALIGNER, NIGHT-TIME ONLY
Method #3: Night-time wear method
Some people simply don't like to wear their clear aligners throughout the day. Clear aligners are barely noticeable in your mouth, but still, some people simply don't want to wear aligners during the day no matter what. Maybe you have a job that requires lots of talking and wearing aligners interferes with your speech. Or maybe you're too embarrassed to be seen wearing clear aligners for whatever reason (we think they're cool, but hey, it's your call!) Or maybe you droll or slur so much with aligners in your mouth that you have to leave them out to function throughout the day.
Luckily, there's a solution for these selective grinners who dislike aligners in their mouth throughout the day: night-time wear method. Basically, you stash your aligners away when awake and you wear them while asleep. Night-time wear method doubles your clear aligner treatment time. 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 of you who have time to spare and prefer wearing their teeth aligners during nights only.
Night-time clear aligner wear method is recommended for the following cases:
- Those of you who are comfortable wearing your teeth aligners while asleep
- Grinners who are not in a rush to straighten their smiles
- Anyone who can not perform his or her daily function while wearing clear aligners
- Simpler orthodontic tooth movements
Night-time clear aligner wear method is not recommended for those with complex tooth movement. It's also not recommended for those with stiff jaw bone structure. If you chew ice, grind your teeth heavily or are a vegetarian/vegan, you may have stiff jaw bone and night-time wear method may not work for you. Talk to your dentist to see if you're a good candidate for night-time clear aligner wear method. And sweet dreams!
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DENTIST FIRST
Best method to wear your clear aligners
As mentioned above, there are 3 different methods to wear your clear aligners. Each method is suited to a different life style. All 3 methods give you the same end results. They just work at their own pace. Talk to your dentist to see which is the best method to wear your teeth aligners. Ask them if you're a candidate for day-time or night-time wear method if you're interested. Keep in mind, more complex orthodontic cases, those with stiff jaw bone and anyone who hasn't consulted his or her dentist must follow the standard full-time clear aligner wear method. Schedule a consultation with your local dentist or orthodontist to see which clear aligner wear method is best for your smile.
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