When Can I Remove My Invisalign® Aligners?

With cosmetic orthodontics, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist offers barely visible options for correcting minor and advanced cases of misalignment. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a close look at the Invisalign® system in particular, and explain how these removable aligners can help improve uneven smiles, and when you can take out your aligners!

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Treatment involves a patient wearing a set of custom-made plastic trays for between 20 and 22 hours each day. After a about two weeks, the patient will upgrade to the next set in the series. Over a period of about a year, teens and adults can obtain straighter smiles in this gradual, gentle process. We create the aligners using iTero® digital scanning technology, which ensures they fit comfortably and offer smile correction with precision and accuracy. No need for metal brackets or wires, just a series of barely visible aligners to help people obtain more attractive smiles.


We recommend removing them before you sit down to eat. Doing so means that you don’t have to avoid certain foods as you would with braces. Nothing will become caught in your braces or damage your orthodontics! This means greater convenience, and also a lower risk of teeth stains, tooth decay, and gum disease, as food items stuck in braces could increase the risk of these serious oral health concerns.

Brushing and Flossing

You can also remove them prior to brushing and flossing your teeth at night. You don’t have to work around metal orthodontics which means removing stray food particles is easier and allows you to better control plaque buildup. You enjoy brighter teeth, fresh breath, and a lowered risk of cavities and periodontal disease. We can also discuss ways to clean them, which also protects your smile from bacteria and helps teeth stay bright (and breath stay fresh as well).

Other benefits of the Invisalign® system include fewer overall office visits and a shorter treatment time. With braces, up to two years or more could be required to see optimal results, while teens and adults may obtain straighter smiles in as little as one year. If you would like to see if this system is right for your smile, then contact our team today. You can schedule a consultation so we can examine your smile and assess the cause and extent of your misalignment. We can then decide if Invisalign® is the right option for you, and start the treatment process!

Ready to Try Our Clear Braces?

Invisalign® offers our patients a chance to enjoy clear and comfortable smile correction. To schedule your consultation and discuss our custom clear aligners, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.