Do I have to Wear Invisalign at Night?


Invisalign | Wearing Invisalign at Night | Manchester Orthodontics

Before we begin, we want to talk about what exactly Invisalign is.

So Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners, or clear plastic trays, to adjust teeth position and sometimes minor jaw discrepancies.

Typically Invisalign treatment can last anywhere from 8 months to 18 months, and this all depends on a patient’s case. So if they have 1 or 2 crooked teeth then their treatment time will be minimal, whereas a patient with many crooked teeth and a misaligned bite may very well have a longer treatment.

How long do you have to wear your aligners?

Most orthodontists advise you wear your aligners 22 hours a day, only taking them out for eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. The longer you leave your trays out, the less time they have to actually move your teeth. So if you want your journey to run smoothly and quickly, it’s best to keep them in as much as possible.

Do I need to wear my Invisalign while I sleep?

The answer to this question is yes. It should be easier to keep your aligners in during sleep as you’re not actively talking to people or drinking which can tempt you to take them out. If you don’t wear your Invisalign at night then you could potentially miss out on 6-8 hours where your teeth are being moved. We highly recommend to keep them in day AND night.

What if I forget to wear my Invisalign?

If you’ve been out eating or drinking then it’s important to be cautious the next few days. Wear them as much as possible without taking them out unnecessarily. If you’ve had them out a while and put them back in, you may feel some discomfort and tightness but that is perfectly normal. 

Invisalign is highly reliant on the patient to wear the aligners properly and as advised by their orthodontist.

If you’d like more information on our Invisalign treatment or want to know more about the other brace treatments that we offer, contact us on 0161 884 1481.

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