Invisalign aligners are the best way to discreetly straighten your teeth, giving you a smile you’ll love! By closely following treatment instructions, Invisalign treatment usually takes less time to straighten your teeth than traditional braces, often in as little as six to eighteen months.
Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainer, including whether or not you have to wear them while you sleep!
What is Invisalign?
When you opt for Invisalign treatment, your dentist or orthodontist uses advanced digital scanning and software to create aligners that address your individual needs and smile goals. Every few weeks, you exchange aligners, replacing your existing aligners with ones that will gently continue the straightening process.
To get the best possible results from your Invisalign treatment, it is essential to closely follow the instructions given to you by your Invisalign provider. For optimal straightening, you should wear your aligners at least twenty-two hours a day, removing them only to eat and drink or to clean your teeth and the aligners.
Do I Have to Wear Invisalign Aligners While I Sleep?
Wearing your aligners the recommended twenty-two hours a day means you should wear them while you sleep! Most Invisalign patients report that the aligners are so comfortable that they barely notice they are there, meaning wearing your aligners to bed won’t result in a night of bad sleep.
When you wake up in the morning, it is important that you clean and rinse your aligners first thing to prevent the buildup of any bacteria that may have accumulated during the night. Proper cleaning of your aligners also prevents possible discoloration and keeps them smelling fresh.
What is a Vivera Retainer?
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you can maintain the beautiful results by wearing a custom-fitted Vivera retainer. Vivera retainers are designed using the advanced Invisalign technology and offer the same comfortable custom fit as your aligners.
Vivera retainers are made of the same premium-grade material as Invisalign aligners and are constructed to be 30% more durable than other retainers on the market. While retainers are usually slightly thicker than aligners, they are designed to be used long-term, ensuring that your teeth stay straight for years to come!
Because your teeth naturally shift as you age, wearing a retainer protects your investment in a straighter smile. Vivera retainers continue Invisalign treatment by “reminding” your teeth to stay in their new alignment!
How Often Should I Wear Vivera Retainers?
Vivera retainers offer the best results when you wear them as much of the day as possible for the first six months to a year following Invisalign treatment. After that, you should wear them most, if not every, night while you sleep.
Like Invisalign aligners, Vivera retainers are made of a soft plastic that is comfortable to wear and won’t irritate the soft tissue in your mouth and along your gums. Wearing your retainers while you sleep is an easy way to maintain your straighter smile!
If you are worried that the quality of your sleep will be compromised by wearing your Invisalign aligners or your Vivera retainers overnight, you can put those worries to bed! Constructed of high-grade, soft plastic and custom-fit to your individual teeth and gums, you can rest assured that straightening your teeth and maintaining the impressive results won’t keep you from getting your sleep.
Do you want to learn more about Invisalign or Vivera retainers? Schedule an appointment at Merry Dental in Billerica, MA, today!