Can I Take Out My Invisalign® Aligners?

fort worth removable invisalignWhile effective for correcting your even smile, metal braces could complicate daily activities like eating or even brushing and flossing. But what if you’re correcting your misalignment with Invisalign® instead? Can you simply remove your aligners before a meal? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about the benefits of removable orthodontics!

Removable Aligners

The Invisalign® system doesn’t use metal brackets or wires at all. Instead, a series of clear and plastic aligners will be created based on detailed digital images and impressions taken of your smile. They fit snugly over your teeth, and a new set is worn every two weeks. This gradually and gently repositions your teeth and shifts them into proper position. Since these are individual aligners, they can be removed with ease. Taking them out before you eat means no need to avoid certain foods or worrying about particles becoming stuck in your orthodontics, or possibly damaging them. This makes mealtime so much simpler!

Wearing Them Daily

To be effective, they need to be worn every day for about 20 to 22 hours. This ensures you reach optimal results in the original time frame discussed with our team. As long as you wear them as recommended, this means you can also remove them for special occasions, such as graduations, first dates, or job interviews. We also recommend taking them out when you brush and floss, so you can easily clean the teeth and protect them from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns during the treatment process.

The Value of a Straighter Smile

When we correct our smiles, this has a beneficial impact on our oral health. Even teeth are easier to more thoroughly clean, so the risk of tooth decay and periodontal issues will decrease. The balanced bite and lack of jaw joint strain due to uneven teeth also reduces the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You will also feel more confident about your appearance, and never hesitate to show off your smile. If you want to know if this is right for you, then schedule a consultation with our team so we can examine you and assess the severity of your misalignment. If you don’t qualify for Invisalign®, we can use braces or ceramic brackets, which blend with the smile and make them less visible.


We would love to help you and your family obtain an even smile with a cosmetic approach. If you have any questions about the use of clear orthodontics, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.