When to change aligners and why you have to wear each clear aligner for 2 weeks

People ask what they can do to speed up their teeth straightening progress. Can I wear every aligner for 7 days only, and then move to the next one? Can I have aligners designed to perform more teeth or tooth rotations  How about wearing the aligner for 24 hours a day?
Just like you can’t learn an entire years of school work in one month, the teeth straightening process is the same. Great clear aligner outcomes really do come to those who have enough patience and understand how teeth move.

When to Change my clear aligners

People ask how they could make their orthodontic treatment with clear aligners faster. They want to finish their aligner treatment before a certain event eg: engagement, birthday or wedding.

Questions like this constantly come up. Since aligners almost immediately push teeth into their future position. Is it possible to wear each aligner for 2 days, and then move onto the next one?

Since aligners almost immediately push teeth into their future position, I wonder if it is possible to wear each aligner for 2 days, and then move onto the next one?

Many aligner companies have experimented with various treatment plans, designs and the duration of wearing clear aligners. Some of them asked patients to wear aligners for 10 days, three weeks and even 7 days. After years of studies, biomechanical and orthodontic researches show that 14 days is the perfect required time between each set of aligners. Why so?

Your teeth are essentially anchored into your upper jaw bone and lower jaw bone through their roots (these roots sit inside the bone). If we try to move the teeth too fast, without giving the bone and gum time to adjust and fit into their new position, we might have the crown (a visible part of the teeth that we can see) moving at a faster pace than the root, which can lead to unwanted uncontrolled tipping (when the root of the tooth moves in the opposite direction).

This also can lead to a host of difficulties, including root showing and the weakened stability of the teeth! Most likely you will also need to order a new set of aligners (refinement) which will extend your treatment time, when it becomes obvious that your orthodontic case is not progressing as originally planned.

Take it one step at a time, have patience, follow your doctor’s recommendation about wearing aligners, and soon you will have your best smile.

The best part is that you don’t need to worry about most of these issues. As a patient, you need to make sure you follow the instructions your dentists orthodontist has given you. By wearing your clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day (for 14 days in a row). This will ensure that your planned treatment teeth movements occur and will keep any unwanted surprises away from you.

Maybe an exception – What happens if I lose my current clear aligner?

If you lose a clear aligner within seven days of your new stage you will need to have a replacement one made as soon as possible. If you have been compliant for the first 7 to 8 days, it may be possible to switch to your next stage (consult with your Provider to see if you will need a replacement or if you will be able to move on to the next stage). There may be additional costs associated with replacing clear aligners.


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