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How Long Should You Wear Invisalign Each Day?
How Long Should You Wear Invisalign Each Day?

The amount of time it takes to treat each dental case with Invisalign will vary per patient, depending on the individual case and the doctor’s recommendations. However, Invisalign treatment is more flexible and requires less time than traditional braces. Braces are glued on and consist of uncomfortable wires, frequent adjustments from the orthodontist, and an interrupted lifestyle with limits on food and activities. Invisalign is a clear aligner made from a flexible plastic that was created exclusively for Invisalign called SmartTrack. While the time it takes to treat conditions may vary, Invisalign is less cumbersome than living with the inconvenience that comes with traditional braces.

22 Hours a Day is Key

One of the most influential factors of your treatment plan is how many hours you wear your aligners each day. Your custom aligners are designed to put constant pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into place. It’s important for you to wear your aligners for the recommended time of no less than 22 hours per day. If you leave your aligners out longer than you’re supposed to, your teeth won’t move as much. This may mean wearing aligners for longer than anticipated by your orthodontist.

What is the process?

At Northern Virginia Orthodontics, the Invisalign process is convenient and accommodating to each patient’s needs. The standard process for full treatment patients is as follows:

  1. Schedule a free smile consultation with a doctor at NVO – North America’s #1 Invisalign provider!
  2. This includes a digital scan that will show you what your smile could look like after completing treatment.
  3. Your doctor will create your aligners and you will receive your first set about 4 weeks once customization is complete.
  4. Based on the plan created by your doctor, you will wear these for 22 hours a day.
  5. Every 1-2 weeks you will receive a new set to progress your treatment.
  6. Depending on your case and consistency in wearing the aligners, treatment could last from 6-18 months.
  7. Once treatment is complete, you can discuss retainer options with your doctor to see which retainer plan is best for you. NVO offers a variety of options including Lifetime Retention, which will provide you with quality Invisalign retainers for life! 

The most important factor in this treatment is adherence to your treatment plan. Neglecting to consistently wear the aligners will delay the treatment process and prolong your results. If you would like to learn more about this process, you can read about it more in-depth here:

What options are available?

NVO has an option for all lifestyles to achieve the smile of their dreams. NVO’s expert doctors will come up with a treatment plan that works best for you. While full treatment plans will require longer-term consistent wear, there are options for those who do not require as much time to treat their conditions.

Smile Express™, is a treatment option for adults who want a touch-up and would only require minor adjustments. This at-home Invisalign aligner treatment provides remote care under the supervision of a local orthodontist. These kits come with custom Invisalign aligners, a welcome letter with tips and tricks, a Smile Express travel bag, and many other goodies that will help make touching up your smile an easier and more enjoyable process. Typically, only two appointments are needed, one for getting started and one for the final evaluation. Like full treatment patients, aligners are typically worn 20-22 hours a day, but this may vary case-by-case and will be communicated through the Smile Doctors Anywhere app.

Nightlign by NVO™, is a great for busy adults and teens with minor conditions that can be treated during sleep. This option would only require wearing aligners for 12-14 hours a day. Like with Smile Express and full treatment patients, those who are interested in Nightlign would need to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine if they are an ideal candidate for this kind of treatment.

What does a typical day look like with Invisalign?

A day on Invisalign can look just like a day without it. Since they are removable, normal dental hygiene is possible. Simply remove the aligners before brushing and flossing teeth. Just make sure the aligners are clean before putting them back on. For mealtimes, you don’t have to avoid your favorite foods and beverages like you might have to with traditional braces. That means no broccoli stuck in wires and holidays can be enjoyed to the fullest! Since they are nearly invisible, classmates and colleagues may never even know you have them.

Are you ready to transform your smile?

If you desire a smile that boosts your confidence or if you have a dental condition that has been disrupting your life, schedule online here: or call (703) 327-1718 to set up a free smile consultation. The doctors at NVO would love to help you achieve your best smile!