How Often Should Invisalign® Trays be Removed From the Mouth?

By: Dr. Jared Young


Crooked, gapped, and misaligned teeth can be frustrating to deal with, wreaking havoc on your oral health and the natural aesthetics of your brilliant smile. Some individuals may be apprehensive about using traditional braces due to the appearance and inconveniences with eating and brushing. At Bright Young Smiles, we offer restorative dental techniques to help our patients achieve straighter teeth within a reasonable timeframe. Dr. Jared Young is a specialist who provides Invisalign treatment for patients living in and around Lighthouse Point, FL.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear, custom-fit trays to gradually straighten the teeth. Every two weeks, the patient switches out trays until their teeth are in an ideal position. Invisalign trays are suitable for patients as young as seven years old or when all of the permanent teeth have ruptured through the gums. At Bright Young Smiles, Dr. Young carefully assesses the teeth and the patient’s oral health history to determine if Invisalign trays are the right treatment approach.

Benefits of Invisalign trays

Invisalign trays provide a number of benefits for patients, including:

  • Clear, aesthetically pleasing trays
  • Removable trays for eating and dental hygiene
  • No food or drink restrictions
  • Rupture tabs for wear schedule adherence
  • No need for appointments to adjust wiring or other orthodontic fixtures
  • Well monitored treatment schedule by an Invisalign specialist
  • Customized fitting for unique tooth anomalies
  • Options to replace missing or broken trays

Am I an ideal candidate for Invisalign trays?

You may be a viable candidate for Invisalign trays if you have:

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • A crossbite
  • An open bite
  • Gapped or crooked teeth
  • Overall good oral health
  • All your permanent teeth

Dr. Young will assess your teeth to ascertain if Invisalign trays can be an effective treatment for you and help you achieve your orthodontic goals. Patients with unique oral issues may be better suited for alternative dental interventions.

How the Invisalign treatment process works

Each patient attends their scheduled appointment at Bright Young Smiles in Lighthouse Point, FL. Dr. Young collects digital impressions of your teeth, which are sent to Align Technology, the Invisalign manufacturer that creates customized trays. Once the trays are ready, the patient returns to be fitted for their first set of Invisalign trays. Every two weeks, the trays are switched out for new trays to gradually straighten the teeth into their ideal position.

How often should Invisalign trays be removed from the mouth?

Ideally, Invisalign trays should be worn for almost 22 hours per day to produce the fastest results. Trays can be removed for eating and dental hygiene routines. For young patients or individuals who need a visual reminder to wear their trays, rupture tabs are available.

How long do I need to wear Invisalign trays for?

Depending on the initial position of the teeth, individuals may wear Invisalign trays anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. Each patient can consult with Dr. Young about what to expect from their customized treatment schedule.

How long will my Invisalign results last?

Once you finish your Invisalign treatment schedule, Dr. Young will fit you for a retainer and a wear schedule to maintain your results. Invisalign treatment outcomes can potentially last for many years, depending on adherence to the retainer wear schedule, diet, and lifestyle choices.

Learn more about Invisalign trays and your treatment schedule

If you reside in or near Lighthouse Point, FL, and would like to learn more about Invisalign trays and the wear schedule, contact us at Bright Young Smiles and schedule a consultation today. Dr. Jared Young looks forward to working with you and your family.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.