Do Loose Invisalign Trays Need to Be Tightened Like Braces?
Your entire experience with Invisalign will be more comfortable and faster than with metal or clear braces. The design of Invisalign requires less maintenance and eliminates the need for adjustments to braces that are often mistakenly referred to as “tightening.” As you wear a new set of Invisalign aligners, or trays, they we’ll loosen. But unlike braces, they don’t need to be adjusted. Let us explain.
Braces Need Adjustments
Braces consist of brackets, wire, and elastics. Unlike Invisalign, progressively moving your teeth with braces requires periodic manual intervention. Adjustments are required. Although many people refer to it as “tightening,” that phrase refers to how the adjustment feels rather than the actual process, which includes following:
- The tiny elastics are removed from the brackets.
- The arch wire is removed from between the brackets.
- Your orthodontist will examine your teeth.
- Archwire is placed back on the brackets, and the elastics are attached to the brackets.
When new elastics are put on your braces, they put more pressure on your teeth to help them move to a new position. It makes it feel as if your braces have been tightened.
What to Expect with Invisalign Maintenance
Invisalign is different.
- The technology to gently and progressively move your teeth is built into the aligners. Every two weeks you will put on a new set of aligners. The aligners fit very snugly against your teeth to apply pressure to them and help them move to a new position.
- When the new position is achieved, the aligners will loosen. But they don’t need to be tightened. You will continue to wear them as your teeth and their roots adjust to the new position.
- After two weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners that is molded into the next position for your teeth. There is no way to tighten each set of Invisalign trays, and there is no need to tighten them. Each set of aligners applies the necessary pressure in the right places to move your teeth. The technology is built into each set of aligners to move your teeth a new position and allow them to adjust before switching to a new set.
- You will return to the office every six weeks or so for a checkup on the progress of your treatment and to determine if adjustments are needed.
- There are attachments that can be used with Invisalign to increase the pressure it puts on your teeth. Elastics may be used along with the attachments. Ask your orthodontist about your treatment plan with Invisalign and whether or not attachments and elastics will be needed.
Schedule an appointment with an experienced Invisalign provider to find out if you’re a candidate for it.
This post is sponsored by Angel Dental Care of Akron, Cleveland, and Garfield Heights.