The Aligner Wear Cycle and What Determines its Length
Dental aligners technology has witnessed rapid growth and development in the past few years. They have become the ideal treatment that everyone wants, with high convenience, invisibility, and a noticeably short treatment time. It is now considered one of the most effective means of teeth alignment.
Today, we will explain one of the factors that make aligners the best choice in the market: the one-week wear cycle and thus, the overall shorter treatment plans. With a clear aligner, you will be able to speed up your recovery process
Seven Days, 22 Hours a Day!
This perfectly curated timeframe for your transparent aligners is all you need to reach your perfect smile goal.
In the past, many aligner companies have experimented with various treatment plans and durations, asking patients to wear their clear aligners from 7 days to 2 weeks. Literature and clinical trials (Al-Nadawi et al., 2021) have proven that a one-week cycle is equally effective in achieving the desired treatment outcomes as a two-week wear cycle.
It All Depends on You!
However, the final decision is up to the clinician's evaluation of the patient's periodontal status, and the case complexity. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a longer wear cycle, usually for two reasons:
- Gum or periodontal issues
- Challenging movements
So, in short, your aligner wear cycle depends on many factors like your bone and teeth structure, your commitment to wearing the aligners, and the complexity of the initial case.
The Expert Advice Prevails
If you want our expert advice, the magic lies in being consistent. Wear your aligners for 22 hours daily, seven days a week, to ensure that your teeth movements occur as per your treatment plan. Always follow your doctor's recommendations if you want to ensure you are on track for that perfect smile!
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