I’ve been wearing invisalign aligners. My dentist insists I wear them for the full two weeks, but my teeth move into place sooner than that. He tells me there are very important reasons for waiting the two weeks, but won’t go into any more detail. It is very frustrating to me, who likes all the information. I’m bright enough to understand the jargon. Is there anything you can tell me?
Kay M. – South Dakota
Your dentist is right, you do need to wear them for the entire two weeks. I don’t understand why your dentist either couldn’t or wouldn’t give you a reason for the necessity. It is fairly simple.
Your teeth will move into their new alignment after just a couple of days. The rest of the two weeks is spent giving the bone time to reform around the next tooth position. If you don’t do that, then there will be nothing to stabalize your tooth. What will happen if you continue to just put on the next aligners without giving the bone time? You will risk your teeth coming loose and even falling out.
I know it is tempting to want to finish even faster than normal. Ask yourself, though, if it is worth the risk, especially since Invisalign finishes in half the time of traditional braces. Just be patient, wear your aligners, and before you know it you will be finished with your final set.
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