When Should Invisalign® Trays be Removed?

By: Dr. Ellen Katz


At Maison BE Dental Studio, Dr. Ellen Katz skillfully guides patients in New York, NY through their Invisalign treatment plans, emphasizing the importance of timely removal of Invisalign trays for optimal results. These trays, designed for comfort and convenience, should primarily be removed while eating and drinking anything other than water. Removing them also allows for the trays to be cleaned, preventing the buildup of residues and bacteria. This practice prevents damage to the trays and ensures that oral hygiene is maintained, avoiding the risk of cavities and stains that can compromise the aesthetics and effectiveness of the treatment.

Why must Invisalign clear aligners be removed before eating?

Removing Invisalign clear aligners before meals is crucial, as it prevents them from becoming stained or warped by hot foods and beverages. Dr. Katz advises patients at Maison BE Dental Studio to remove their aligners to preserve their integrity and appearance. By doing this, patients also enhance their overall dining experience, enjoying their meals without the discomfort or restrictions that aligners might cause. This not only maintains the aligners' virtual invisibility but also helps maintain proper oral hygiene by preventing food particles from getting trapped under the aligners, which could lead to increased plaque buildup and dental issues.

How does removing your aligners affect oral hygiene?

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is simpler when clear aligners are removed while eating and brushing. Dr. Katz emphasizes the importance of brushing and flossing after each meal before reinserting the aligners. This ensures that the aligners are reinserted into a clean environment, promoting better oral health and preventing potential odors from developing. This routine prevents the risk of trapping harmful bacteria and food particles, which can lead to dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Regular and proper cleaning of the aligners is also essential to keep them clear and free from bacteria.

What are the guidelines for wearing Invisalign aligners?

Dr. Katz advises that Invisalign aligners be worn for 20 – 22 hours per day for maximum effectiveness. This schedule allows for removal during meals and oral hygiene routines while ensuring that the treatment progresses as planned. Adhering to this schedule also helps the teeth gradually move to their desired positions without interruption, promoting a smoother and more predictable progression. It's vital for patients to adhere to these wearing times as deviations can extend the treatment duration or affect the desired outcomes. Consistency is key to achieving the best results possible within the estimated treatment time frame.

Are you ready to start your journey with Invisalign clear aligners?

If you're considering straightening your teeth discreetly, Dr. Ellen Katz at Maison BE Dental Studio can help. Experience how a personalized Invisalign treatment plan can transform your smile without the inconvenience of traditional braces. With Dr. Katz's experience and a clear plan, you can understand how Invisalign fits into your personal and professional life, providing flexibility with effective results. Commit to the journey and enjoy the flexibility of Invisalign aligners, designed to fit not only your teeth but also your lifestyle. Take the first step toward a beautiful, healthy smile today. Contact our clinic in New York, NY.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.