I’ve been using Invisalign for about 3 months now, and I find it does not feel “tight” on my teeth after about one week of wearing my Invisalign trays.
Almost as if it’s finished moving my teeth for that set of trays.
This makes me wonder – is it ok if I just go ahead and put in my next set of trays? I know I’m supposed to wear them for two weeks, but it feels like one week is doing the job.
You’re not the first person to ask whether or not it’s ok to just wear your Invisalign braces for one week instead of two. In fact, a lot of people experience the very same thing that you say you’re going through: teeth that feel as if they are completely finished moving in just one week.
Unfortunately, moving through your trays too quickly can lead to significant complications further down the road…
What Can Happen If You Change Your Invisalign Braces out Sooner than Two Weeks
Even though your Invisalign braces might feel “loose” or “not tight” anymore, there are still places on your bite where pressure is being placed. But since your teeth are used to it, you likely won’t feel any pressure or discomfort past a few days. This is what makes you feel like your teeth are finished moving, even though they aren’t.
The truth is, if you move your teeth too fast, it can create significant complications – like gum recession, bone loss, and even resorption of your tooth roots. Not to mention, it may jeopardize the overall treatment mid-process and require correction.
What Is Invisalign Aligners Mid-Treatment Correction?
Owen, let’s say that you change out your aligners once a week for a few weeks in a row. At first, it may feel completely fine. But a month or two in, you’re going to start running into problems.
The later sets of Invisalign aligners won’t be fitting like they should, or may cause significant discomfort trying to force them in. Even though they may look like they should fit, minor tooth movements may not have yet been achieved, preventing later sets of aligners from working properly.
When this happens, we have to go in and perform a mid-treatment correction – and reprogram all of your future aligners. It’s not just an adjustment to one or two sets of trays.
It’s actually a change in your entire treatment plan. Why? Because the comprehensive and consistent tooth movement didn’t take place the way the Invisalign software planned it to.
So we have to start over from scratch, redesigning the Invisalign trays to work with the current state your teeth are in, rather than where they should have already been.
Although it can be very tempting to go ahead and move to the next set of Invisalign trays when your aligners don’t feel tight anymore, doing so can jeopardize your treatment.
Owen, if the aligners feel too loose or as if they are about to fall off, then you should come by for me to assess everything. Chances are, the bit of looseness that you feel is just in a specific area of your mouth, while the rest of the teeth are playing “catch up.”
Owen, changing out your aligners too quickly can cause serious side effects like bone loss or gum recession. It can also mean we have to perform a complete mid-treatment correction and change all of your future aligners from how they were originally designed to work.
Never change out your Invisalign trays sooner than 2 weeks, unless directed by your orthodontic provider. From time to time, it might be ok – but in 99% of cases, you want to avoid it if at all possible.
If you would like for me to take a look to make sure your bite is responding properly to treatment, or if any adjustments need to be made, please feel free to call my office for a quick consult!